Four to twelve inches high. Leaves. - Narrow and grass-like. Flowers. - Blue or purple, with a yellow centre. Perianth. - Six-parted, the divisions bristle-pointed. Stamens. - Three, united. Pistil. - One, with three threadlike stigmas.
Plate LXXXVIII. Blue-Eyed Grass. - S. angustifolium
For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat,
But it withereth the grass,
And the flower thereof falleth,
And the grace of the fashion of it perisheth.
So reads the passage in the Epistle of James, which seems so graphically to describe the brief life of this little flower, that we might almost believe the Apostle had had it in mind, were it to be found in the East.
The blue-eyed grass belongs to the same family as the showy fleur-de-lis and blossoms during the summer, being especially plentiful in moist meadows. It is sometimes called "eye-bright," which name belongs by rights to Euphrasia officinalis.