A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Idaho Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium idahoense)

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Willow Creek Nature Preserve, Eugene, OR, 5/2016.

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.

 

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2 responses

  1. mtmccaleb

    Beautiful pictures. What kind of camera do you use for those great close ups? Shar

    September 10, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    • Thank you! Most of our pictures are taken with a Sony a33 DSLR with a macro lens. However, the lead photo in this post was taken a couple years ago on a simple Canon Powershot 920IS we loved to death. We recently updated that to an Olympus TG4. The Olympus has some features like “focus stacking” that made us realize — you really don’t want everything in focus! That said, we take a lot of photos.

      September 10, 2019 at 8:52 pm

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