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Elliott’s Yellow-eyed Grass          Xyris elliotti

Elliott’s Yelloweyed Grass is found in the southeastern coastal states from South Carolina to Alabama.  In Florida, it is found throughout the state.  In fact, there are 24 Xyris species native to Florida.  The habitat these native flowers are usually found in include flatwoods, marshes, and pond margins.

Each plant consists of a tuft of slender basal leaves and one or more elongated leafless flower stalks.  The basal leaves are linear and long-pointed, varying in length from 4-12 inches.  They are flat and narrow, about 1/16-inch in width.

Each flower stalk, which can grow to a height of 2 feet, is topped by a brownish cone-like spike about 1/2-inch long.  Each spike can produce several small bright yellow flowers, each with three petals.  These flowers can bloom from spring through fall; however, in the southern part of the state they may bloom year round.

The flowers do not produce nectar, so they do not attract many insects.  The flowers depend on the wind for pollination.

The photos on this page were taken in Deep Creek (Charlotte County) during early December.

The range distribution maps for Elliott’s Yelloweyed Grass are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).