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Western Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum)
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Western Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum)

General: Western Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum) is a member of the Iris family that grows from a bulb in marshy areas. The leaves are grass-like (long and thin), and the 6-petaled flower is blue with purple veins and a yellow center.

Western Blue-eyed Grass is an uncommon component of marshy areas in the Upper Sonoran (Mojave Desert Scrub and Pinyon-Juniper Woodland) and Transition (Yellow Pine Forest) life zones. Look for this species in the meadow at Calico Basin in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Note that the boardwalk around the meadow is intended to keep people from trampling this species.

Western Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum)

Family: Iris (Iridaceae).

Other Names:

Plant Form: Upright, bunchgrass-like, from a bulb.

Height: Usually to about knee-high (about 18 inches).

Western Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum)

Stems:

Leaves: Basal, long and narrow.

Flowers: Blooms during spring and early summer. Inflorescence: solitary flowers atop stalks. Flower: 6 petals, blue with purple veins and a yellow center.

Seeds:

Western Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum)

Habitat: Desert marshes

Elevation: To about 7,500 feet.

Distribution:

Comments:

Western Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum)
Blue-eyed Grass in Pine Canyon meadow
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate. Names generally follow the USDA database.
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