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Blue Eyed Grass

Mike Oxley

Cornwall Ontario, Canada

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Guindon Park, Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
May 16, 2010

I was browsing through the archives, thinking regretfully of Spring and that it seems so far away at the moment. I came across this image in a folder from mid May 2010 and, for some reason, the warmth of that day, the sounds and the sights, all came back. I left the current cold and snow, just for a moment.

Also known as – Blue-eyed Grass, Idaho Blue-eyed Grass.

Latin synonyms – Sisyrinchium angustifolium, Sisyrinchium idahoense

Native to Ontario. Perennial.

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Seeing the Blue-eyed Grass flower is a treat, as it lasts for only one day! It blooms in May and June, then repeats in August, but in smaller numbers.
Blue-eyed Grass grows in moist areas-along river and stream banks and the edges of sloughs, and in well watered woods and grasslands. It commonly occurs in large colonies, often growing out of piles of old leaves.

Blue-eyed Grass is an erect, slender perennial, between 6 cm and 40 cm tall (anywhere from the length of a thumb to just under knee height).
Each stem produces between one and five flowers whose striking colours make up for their small size. Flowers have bright yellow centres surrounded by six violet or pale-purple petals. At 19 mm to 30 mm across, the flower may be as small as a nickel or as large as a quarter.

The greenish-brown fruit is tiny, only 6 mm across, barely the size of an eraser on the tip of a pencil, with many small black seeds. The Blue-eyed Grass plant has long, narrow, grass-like leaves that grow from the base.

Sisyrinchium means “swine snout,” a name that comes from pigs’ fondness for the roots of Blue-eyed Grass.

Montanum (“of the mountains”) is a little misleading in that Blue-eyed Grass grows not only in the mountains but also at more moderate elevations.

There are 50 to 60 species of Sisyrinchium in North America and the West Indies.

Sony Alpha 700, Sigma 28 to 300 at 300 mm, circular polarizer
iso 100, spot metered, F6.7, 1/200 second

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