The pretty little blue, starry flowers of this familiar species peep up here and there through the grass of our moist fields and meadows from May to August, like so many golden-centred floral scarf pins. The blossoms expand only once, and even then require the bright morning sunshine to coax them fully open, so that their petals curve gracefully backward and expose their bright yellow eyes. The slender, rigid, two-edged, light green stalk grows from three to fourteen inches in height. It is usually winged and rarely forked at the top. The long, slender, sharp pointed grass-like leaves are mostly gathered in a sheath at the base. From one to three, six-parted, violet-blue, yellow-eyed flowers blossom one at a time, on tiny stems, which spring from a pair of sheathing leaflets at the top of the stalk. Each of the blunt oblong flower parts is tipped with a short, sharp, bristly point. They have three stamens and a pistil. This quickly perishing and very dainty little beauty is all the more lovely when we realize that it belongs to the Iris family and is related to the showy Blue Flag. It is found from Newfoundland to British Columbia, Virginia, Kansas and Colorado.
BLUE-EYED GRASS. Sisyrinchium angustifolium.