Taken May,22, 2010 – Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Canon Rebel XSi with Canon 100mm Macro Lens
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Featured In: Around The World
Wildflowers of North America
High Quality Images
One Single Flower Group
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Sisyrinchium angustifolium P. Mill.
Narrowleaf blue-eyed grass, Narrow-leaf blue-eyed-grass, Bermuda blue-eyed grass, Blue-eyed grass
Iridaceae (Iris Family)
Synonyms: Sisyrinchium bermudiana, Sisyrinchium graminoides
USDA Symbol: sian3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.

The numerous, narrow, light-green leaves of this perennial form dense, tufted clumps 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.

Although the plant is small and has grass-like leaves, the flowers have all the features of the Iris family. The various species are all much alike and separation is based on such characteristics as branching pattern and leaf length. Common Blue-eyed Grass (S. montanum) is also a widespread species, with slightly wider leaves, over 1/4 (6 mm), and unbranched stalks.

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  • Ken Thomas Photography
    Ken Thomas Pho...over 4 years ago

    Superb capture!!

  • Hello Ken: Thanks for your very kind compliment. I’m glad that you like this image and have added it to your list of favorites.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 4 years ago

    another beautiful shot of the Blue-eyed Grass, love it

  • Hi Vickie: Thank you. And, many thanks for adding this photograph to your list of favorite images. Much appreciated.

    – T.J. Martin

  • jules572
    jules572over 4 years ago

    EXQUISITE!!!!…Jules

  • Greetings Jules: Thanks for the wonderful compliment. And, thanks so much for adding this image to your list of favorites. Very nice to hear from you.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Melody Ricketts
    Melody Rickettsover 4 years ago

    Quite beautiful, well done.

  • Hello: Thanks so much for the very kind remarks. I appreciate it.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Ellen Cotton
    Ellen Cottonover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous!!!!!

  • Hello Ellen: Nice to hear from you again. Thank you for the nice compliment. I’m glad that you like this image and have chosen to add it to your list of favorites. Much appreciated.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Vicki Pelham
    Vicki Pelhamover 4 years ago

    Lovely work!!!!

  • Hi Vicki: Thanks for you very kind comment on this image. I appreciate hearing from you. Thanks so much.

    – T.J. Martin

  • jeanlphotos
    jeanlphotosover 4 years ago

    gorgeous shot !!!

  • Hi Jean: Thanks for the kind remarks. Very nice to hear from you again.

    – T.J. Martin

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    A fantastic delicate capture and a welcome addition to DSLR Users Group. Don.

  • Greetings Don: Thanks so much for the compliment. I’m very happy to be a member of this fine group.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thanks Ray . . .

    – T.J. Martin

  • Christine Oakley
    Christine Oakleyover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your Feature on 25 May 2010!

    Keep the great work coming!

  • Hello Christine: Just read that my “—Blue-Eyed Grass” was chosen to be featured in Around The World. What a very pleasant surprise!! Many thanks to both the hosts and members of the group for this very kind compliment.

    – T.J. Martin

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