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Blue Eyed Grass
Sisyrinchium montanum

a.k.a. Mountain Blue-eyed Grass

Mountain Blue-eyed Grass is found in the northern half of Minnesota. It forms small clumps and produces beautiful violet-blue, star-like flowers. Like other Blue-eyed Grass species it is grass-like in appearance but is actually from the Iris family.

USDA symbol: SIMO2

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height2 feet
Light ExposureSun
Soil MoistureMedium
Bloom ColorBlue, Purple
Blue Eyed Grass (Blue Eyed Grass<div><em class="small">Sisyrinchium montanum</em></div>)
Photo credit: Minnesota Wildflowers (Click to enlarge)

Tolerances

Flooding / Inundation ToleranceModerate
General Resilience5
Salt ToleranceNone
Stress ToleranceAcidic Conditions, Drought Tolerant, General Disturbance

Pollinator Value: Medium

Bloom MonthsMay to June
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar, Supports Generalists

Project Planning

Project TypeRain Garden, Restoration
Coefficient of Conservatism6
Herbivore SensitivityLow
LifespanPerennial
Rate of SpreadSlow
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionAbsent

Range

CountyAitkin, Beltrami, Cass, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Douglas, Hennepin, Hubbard, Itasca, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Lincoln, Marshall, Martin, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Norman, Pine, Pipestone, Ramsey, Redwood, Renville, St. Louis, Stearns, Swift, Todd, Wadena, Wright, Yellow Medicine
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands