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Narrowleaf Blue-eyed Grass  Sisyrinchium angustifolium

The range distribution maps for the Narrowleaf Blue-eyed Grass are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The Narrowleaf Blue-eyed Grass is a common native plant found throughout the eastern and central United States.  In Florida, it is the most common of the five Blue-eyed Grass species found in the state.

This plant likes moist soils in pinelands, open woods, meadows, vacant lots, and roadside ditches.  When not in bloom, the plant resembles grass, hence its name.  Its leaves are 10-20 inches long and 1/16-1/8-inch wide.  Star-like flowers, about 1/2-inch wide with six bluish petals, each tipped with a tiny point, form at the end of each stem.  These flowers have a yellow center and bloom from January - August.  The small greenish round seed pods are about 1/4-inch in diameter.  They turn dark brown at maturity.  Honey bees are frequent visitors to this plant.

All of the images on this page were taken in a small vacant lot in downtown Punta Gorda in Charlotte County.