Idaho Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium idahoense)
This is the most common of the bashful blue-eyed grasses we encounter, sharing traits but much later in the season than Grass Widows, their kin in the Iris family. Look closely to see the delicate notch at the tip of the six streaked ‘blue eye’ petals.
Look-alike S. bellum, has smaller point on petal tips and is found in lower elevations moist meadows and forests in our region. Another shorter blue (S. Littorale), and a Golden-eyed grass (S. californicum) with no tips on the petals, are found along the pacific coast up into southern British Columbia.