Sisyrinchium campestre E.P. Bicknell

Prairie Blue-eyed Grass

Sisyrinchium campestre plant

Family - Iridaceae

Stems - No info yet.

Sisyrinchium campestre stem

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Inflorescence - No info yet.

Sisyrinchium campestre inflorescence

Sisyrinchium campestre bractsBracts of inflorescence.

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Sisyrinchium campestre flowers

Sisyrinchium campestre flowerA closer look.

Sisyrinchium campestre white flowerWhite flower.

Flowering - March - June.

Habitat - Prairies, glades, upland forests, pastures. thin soils along railroads. On basic and acidic soils.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This striking species can be found throughout Missouri and is the most common species of the genus in the state. The plant can be identified by the single inflorescence at the end of each stem, the two, and only two, bracts subtending the inflorescence, and its winged aerial stems. Another species, S. albidum Raf., is similar but has typically two inflorescences at the end of each stem. The flowers of this species can be white or blue but are typically white.

Photographs taken in the Piney Creek Wilderness, Barry County, MO., 4-4-04, at Whetstone Conservation Area, Callaway County, MO., 5-4-04, and in Ripley County, MO., 5-14-04.