Sisyrinchium albidum Raf.
Family: Iridaceae
common blue-eyed-grass, pale blue-eyed-grass, white blue-eyed-grass
[Sisyrinchium asheianum E.P.Bicknell,  more...]
Sisyrinchium albidum image
Kenneth J. Sytsma  
Etymology: Sisyrinchium: Greek sys for pig; rynchos for snout; referring to a pig grubbing the roots for food
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-16" tall forb, pale green, smooth, dries to a yellow-green or olive; stems distinctly winged, not wiry, to 1/8" wide, unbranched
Leaves: narrow, almost as wide as the stems, smooth
Flowers: white to blue, 6-parted, 1/2" - 1" wide, tepals with yellow bases; tips notched with a sharp point; inflorescence of 2, usually stalkless clusters at the top of the stem just above a long, bract-like leaf that often hides the inner cluster, 2 sheaths (spathes) greenish or often slightly purplish, usually separated at the base, outer sheath 1/2"-1" long; blooms May-July
Fruits: small, roundish, tan to light brown capsule
Habitat: dry to moderate moisture; prairies, meadows, open woods; in sandy soil
Conservation Status: Native