Montana Outdoors

May 29, 2018

Idaho blue-eyed-grass

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:07 pm

Idaho blue-eyed grass

Idaho-blue-eyed-grass ~ Sisyrinchium idahoense

It was with delight yesterday that I discovered these blooming near a stream on a friend’s property not far from my home. I had seen them only twice before and those were far in the back country..


  1. And today we admired it in Maine

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    Comment by lmachayes — May 29, 2018 @ 8:23 pm

    • Wow! I had no idea that its distribution went that far east. “USDA Plants” shows it only in 11 western states plus British Columbia. It’s really pretty though.


      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2018 @ 8:43 pm

  2. Good thing you never go anywhere without your camera!

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — May 29, 2018 @ 9:12 pm

    • Actually I didn’t have it with me yesterday, but it was a short drive today to capture the photos while the blossoms were still fresh.

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      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2018 @ 9:59 pm

  3. I wondered whether our variety was the same as yours, and it isn’t. There are at least three species in Texas – all of which are called bue-eyed grass. That might explain the blue-eyed grass in Maine. It could be a different species that looks much the same — as do ours.

    I took a litttle trip to see relatives in Kansas City over Memorial Day, and I found spring! There still were Indian paintbrush in Oklahoma, and several plants that have bloomed and faded in Texas (like spiderwort) are just coming on in Missouri. I wish I had more time, but at least I had a couple of hours on a prairie today, and I’ll have a little more time tomorrow. I’m traveling with a cousin who truly doesn’t care a thing native plants, but she was gracious enough not to complain when she saw I was taking her to the middle of “nowhere.”

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    Comment by shoreacres — May 29, 2018 @ 9:18 pm

    • I wish I could visit a mid-western prairie: I know I would love it! It’s interesting to read about the blooming seasons across the continent (or the world). I see something similar here in just the range of different elevations. Often I get to see plants of the same species bloom here at valley level and months later up at the 7,000 foot level as well as the species that are unique to their own chosen elevations. By the way, the “middle of nowhere” is almost always a wonderful place in which to be!


      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2018 @ 10:06 pm

  4. Cool!



    Comment by Harold Rhenisch — May 29, 2018 @ 10:31 pm

  5. What a gorgeous flower. Love the shape and colour.


    Comment by Vicki — May 30, 2018 @ 5:19 am

    • They are small (about 1/4 inch across) but very pretty.


      Comment by montucky — May 30, 2018 @ 9:21 am

      • Thanks for specifying the size. I was going to ask. Your photo shows the tiny flower in great detail. So pretty!

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        Comment by Candice — May 30, 2018 @ 10:58 pm

  6. You have a great eye spotting such gorgeous, delicate little flowers. I love seeing them through your lens!

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    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — May 30, 2018 @ 5:58 am

  7. Finally, a flower that looks just like ours! It’s a beauty!

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — May 30, 2018 @ 3:35 pm

  8. Excellent photo! I had blue-eyed grass in my yard last year, but it doesn’t show up until late June.


    Comment by Margy — May 30, 2018 @ 6:38 pm

    • They don’t seem to be very common her and I’m really happy to see them!


      Comment by montucky — May 30, 2018 @ 7:44 pm

  9. Such a delicate pretty little flower ..

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — June 2, 2018 @ 9:47 pm

  10. Nice! Love the detail! Plus the shape of the petals!

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    Comment by Reed Andariese — June 9, 2018 @ 6:54 pm

    • Each flower seems to have at least one characteristic that endears it to you.


      Comment by montucky — June 9, 2018 @ 8:34 pm

  11. Can you find Blue Eyed Grass in Couer d’ Alene?


    Comment by Anonymous — April 18, 2020 @ 7:58 pm

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