Sisyrinchium bellum

Blue-eyed Grass

This native California perennial grows on sunny grassy slopes or in meadows. A member of the Iris family, it forms a clump 8 to 10 inches tall. Blue-eyed Grass puts forth flowers ranging from all shades of blue to dark purple from early spring into summer. All the flowers have yellow centers. It makes a stunning combination with California Poppies and native bunchgrasses.

Wildlife value: The Mountain Quail of the Pacific Region feeds primarily on seeds, including those of Blue-eyed Grass, Lupine, Oak, Ceanothus, and Fiddleneck.