Star Grass (Hypoxis hirsuta) is a common perennial herb that grows to 8 inches or so. It blooms in mid-May, and when not in bloom looks much like a clump of grass.
These Smoky Mtns wildflowers are similar to Blue-eyed Grass, and in fact I found both of these blooming grasses on the same day along Ace Gap Trail in the northwestern section of the Smokies.
This wildflower is a member of the Amaryllis family, close to the Lily family, and with a characteristic of having no leaves on the flower stalk.
On your next visit to the Smokies please stop in at the William Britten Gallery along the historic Arts and Crafts Trail on Glades Rd. in Gatlinburg. You’ll find my complete display of Smoky Mountains photos. And if you are a wildflower enthusiast, please join the Smoky Mtns Wildflowers Community on Facebook. We swap photos, information, and tips on what is in bloom in the Smokies.