Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
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  • Narrowleaf Blue-eyed Grass

    SCIENTIFIC NAME: Sisyrinchium angustifolium

    COMMON NAMES: Narrowleaf Blue-eyed Grass, Bermuda Blue-eyed Grass, Blue-eyed Grass, Common Blue-eyed Grass

    BLOOM TIME: May, June


    • Small clumping plant up to 12 in. tall with pointed grass-like leaves.
    • Member of iris family.
    • Several flowers on each slender stalk in light to dark blue Habitat: prairies, sandy soil and low woods.
    • Nice plant for landscaping.


    • It is a good early-season pollinator plant.
    • Halictid bees, including green metallic bees, are most important visitors to flowers, & collect pollen or suck nectar.
    • Bumblebees, other kinds of bees, & bee flies are less frequent visitors seeking nectar.
    • Syrphid flies feed on pollen or suck nectar.
    • Seeds & other parts of this plant are eaten to a limited extent by the Greater Prairie Chicken & Wild Turkey.