Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium) is a petite, delicate Smoky Mountains wildflower. It’s a member of the Iris family, and there are four varieties of Sisyrinchium: Pale, Eastern, Stout, and Slender. To be honest, I don’t know which ones are pictured here, but I’m calling them Stout.
This wildflower grows to about 8 inches tall, and is similar in appearance (except for color) to Star Grass.
The photo above was taken along Schoolhouse Gap Trail, and the one below was found on Ace Gap Trail. Both were blooming in mid-May.
If you’re traveling in the Smoky Mountains area, please consider exploring the historic Arts and Crafts Trail along Glades Rd. east of Gatlinburg. You’ll find the William Britten Gallery in Morning Mist Village. The gallery features my complete line of Smoky Mountains photos. And if you are a wildflower enthusiast, please join the Smoky Mountains Wildflower Community on Facebook.
Thanks for posting the spring wildflower photo here in January. It brightened what is a dull and rainy day here in E. Tennessee. Makes me long for spring and wildflowers!
Found this treasure on my wild (very wild for Long Island) lawn in Remsenburg.
So grateful for the identification. It is the most delicate and wonderful grass I have ever seen, thanks again