Thursday, May 31, 2012

Blue-Eyed Grass

It's a good thing I let the lawn get so ragged, because it gave the blue-eyed grass time to bloom. This little iris-family wildflower looks so much like a clump of grass that it is impossible to see in the lawn when not in flower. To complicate matters, the plant itself is small, but the flower stems are long and oddly jointed. They flop over into the surrounding grass and bloom a foot from the parent plant. No doubt it is their seed dispersion strategy.

The others I have found usually sport two or three blossoms at once, but This one must have twenty flowers on it!

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