Sisyrinchium montanum (Blue-Eyed Grass) - photos and description

Sisyrinchium montanum

Sisyrinchium montanum

Sisyrinchium montanum

Sisyrinchium montanum
15 cm ruler for scale

General: Cespitose perennial with grass-like leaves, stems simple, erect.

Quite an adaptable plant - have seen this growing in shady moist conditions on the edge of woods, and in very dry, hot, sunny locations in our Grasslands National Park.

Flowers: Flowers in terminal cymes, are blue, with 3 petals and 3 sepals, we measured flowers to 17 mm in diameter.

Leaves: Grass-like and borne on either side of the flowering stem, flat in profile. Leaves measured 10.5 cm long and 2 mm wide.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 30 cm, we measured plants to 16 cm tall.

Habitat: Moist meadows prairies and parklands.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Photos were taken June 5th, big Muddy Badlands, 175 km southwest of Regina, SK, June 23rd, prairie in the West Block of Cypress Hills, about 425 km southwest of Regina, SK, and June 23rd, moist prairie 25 km southeast of our home in Regina, SK.