Eastern Blue-Eyed Grass

Eastern_Blue-eyed_Grass_jpgThis family Iridaceae commonly called the Iris Family consists of 92 genera and 1,800 species of herbs and a few half-shrubs.  Most abundant in Africa, Iris was the rainbow goddess, the messenger of the gods, the rainbow being her bridge from heaven to earth.  The flower is said to be named after her for its rainbow of colors.  The iris was the origin of the scepter, the symbol of power and majesty.  The Egyptians placed the Iris on the brow of the Sphinx, the three “falls” (drooping petals) represented faith, wisdom and valor. The common name, Eastern Blue-Eyed Grass, is for the color of the flowers.

OtherCommonName:

ScientificName:

Sisyrinchium atlanticum

Community:

Freshwater Wetlands

PlantStatus:

Native

LifeSpan:

Perennial

PlantHeight:

6 to 20 inches

FruitingTime:

Early June to July

Distribution:

Coastal plain and Pine Barrens in New Jersey

FloweringTime:

Mid May to Mid June

IdentifyingCharacteristics:

Stems thin, flattened and spreading, light green ~ Leaves linear, less than ½ inch long, mostly basal ~ Flowers  delicate, in umbrella like clusters blue to violet or pink, fugacious (falling early) ~ Seeds black, globular and pitted