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Wildflowers: Blue-eyed grass

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One of my favorite wildflowers in the fields around our cabin is Blue-eyed grass – Sisyrinchium montanum Greene.

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June, 2017

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Blue-eyed grass is not a grass at all, but a member of the iris family. It inhabits moist, open ground, fields and meadows, and blooms in late spring and summer. The plant is low and slender, with a deep blue flower and a bright yellow center, borne at the top of a straight, usually unbranched, stem. The stem is two-edged, flattened on the margins. The flowers are borne in the axil of a sharp, upheld bract called a spathe. In French, the plant is called Bermudienne. Montanum means ‘of the mountains’.

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June, 2017

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Blue-eyed Grass

Sisyrinchium montanum Greene

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I walk in grass

but it isn’t grass-

Sisyrinchium

it winks at me

with azure eyes

and I blink brown at them

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Blue-eyed Grass

stands straight and still

staunch Bermudienne

simple maid

with a watchful eye

and a sword above her head

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June, 2016

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Copyright Jane Tims 2017

 

Written by jane tims

July 7, 2017 at 7:03 am

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  1. An enriching and informative post. Maybe one day, I’ll get the chance to see it for myself.

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    Lone Grey Squirrel

    July 8, 2017 at 1:02 pm

  2. Very pretty! I love them, too, now that I’ve finally seen one around here on a walk! 🙂

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    Barbara Rodgers

    July 7, 2017 at 10:00 am

    • Blue flowers are actually less common in wildflowers and when I see them (chicory, iris, violets) I love them! Jane

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      jane tims

      July 7, 2017 at 1:53 pm


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