Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database


Sisyrinchium californicum (Golden-Eyed Grass)

 

Kingdom

 Plantae Plants

Subkingdom

 Tracheobionta Vascular plants

Superdivision

 Spermatophyta Seed plants

Division

 Magnoliophyta Flowering plants

Class

 Liliopsida Monocotyledons

Subclass

 Liliidae

Order

 Liliales

Family

 Iridaceae Iris family

Genus

 Sisyrinchium L. blue-eyed grass

Species

 Sisyrinchium californicum (Ker Gawl.) Aiton golden blue-eyed grass

 

Photo at right by Stan Shebs.

This grass-like perennial is in the Iris family.

From the clumps of grass-like foliage sprout bright yellow flowers with six petals and noteworthy veins.

They bloom throughout the entire summer, opening wide in the morning but tucking in for a siesta during the hot afternoon sun.

Golden-Eyed Grass likes moisture in the early spring and cannot survive drought conditions.

Found in wetlands at low elevations from southern Vancouver Island to California, USDA 8-10.

 
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