Blue-Eyed Grass – Sisyrinchium angustifolium

Blue Eyed Grass flower
Blue Eyed Grass flower

Blue-eyed grass, Indian pink (Spigelia marilandica), lyre-leaf sage (Salvia lyrata) and Stoke’s aster (Stokesia laevis) are all North American natives that can be placed in beside any garden of cultivated flowers and hold their own…possibly even win! Believe it or not this grassy looking plant is in the Iris family.

The Native Americans used the Blue Eyed Grass as a root tea for treatment of diarrhea; the Cherokee especially used this with children. The Cherokee would also cook the greens to use as a bowel regulator with the elderly. Or use the cooked greens mixed with other spring greens for eating as a vegetable.

This pretty little flower works well in borders, rock gardens and more informal settings of native plant gardens or possibly cottage gardens!


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