Plant Details

Sisyrinchium angustifolium

Narrowleaf Blue-eyed grass

Scientific Name:

Sisyrinchium angustifolium

Common Name:

Narrowleaf Blue-eyed grass

Plant Family

Iridaceae (Iris Family)


NC Native



Habitat Description:

Woodlands, forests, meadows, sandhill swales. Common throughout NC.

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)


Some sources note that roots should be divided every two years. If it dries out it will decline. Some indication that this plant has branched stems while Common Blue-eyed Grass (S. montanum) has single stems.

Plant in early Spring

In early spring it resembles a weedy grass - that light flat open center. Look more closely, you can see the iris characteristics.


Black Mountain
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The tiny blooms are hard to photograph.


Black Mountain
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Closeup of a Bloom


Black Mountain
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Seed Pod

The plants seed readily and come up everywhere, which may be nicer than some delicate creature that needs constant nurturing.


Black Mountain
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In the Garden

Used in a garden setting, it is an attractive spring border.


Black Mountain
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USDA PLANTS Database Record

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Flora of North America
Bird-Friendly Native Plants

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