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Blue Eyed Grass
Iridaceae
Sisyrinchium angustifolium


Thunder
Thunder
Flower Petal # 6
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Color 2    
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Herb



Iridaceae Family

Sisyrinchium Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Narrowleaf blue-eyed grass, Stout blue-eyed grass


Location

It is native to midwestern & eastern North America and Western Ireland. From Newfoundland to Minnesota south to Texas and Florida.

Physical Description
The numerous, narrow, light-green leaves of this perennial form dense, tufted clump, which steadily grow with new foliage during the season. The flattened, leaf-like flowering stems may be up to 18 in. long and bear light-blue, star-shaped flowers a few inches above the leaves. Height is 1-1 1/2 ft. Several delicate, blue or deep blue-violet flowers with yellow centers in 2 broad bracts top a flat stem, generally only 1 flower at a time in bloom; stems taller than the clusters of narrow, sword-shaped leaves near base.


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Iridaceae
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Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
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Spermatophytes
Seed Plants
Euphyllophytina
Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
Stomatophytes
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Embryophytes
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Streptobionta
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Multicellular Plants
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Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

Sisyrinchium is native to sand plain prairies, one of the world's most imperiled ecotypes. Places like Cape Cod or the Jersey Pine Barrens are delicate ecosystems home to this and many other rare and endangered species.

Amerindians used root tea for diarrhea (in children); plant tea for worms, stomachaches. Several species used as laxatives. (Foster & Duke)
The root is astringent. An infusion is used to treat diarrhea in adults and children. The leaves are eaten as a cooked green to regulate the bowels. An infusion of the plant has been used to treat stomach complaints and stomach worms

Leaves - cooked. They are mixed with other greens

Cardinals, song sparrows, house finches, and other songbirds eat the seed.



Blue Eyed Grass
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Blue Eyed Grass
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Blue Eyed Grass
Entire Plant

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