Sisyrinchium bellum

Blue eyed grass

Plant Type: Perennial
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Occasional, Regular
Height X Width: 2' X 1'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
What do these mean?



Blue eyed grass grows everywhere in California save for the southern deserts. It is notable for the wide range of conditions it accepts. It is one of the plants which almost certainly was a component of the oak savannas of the Santa Clara Valley before the introduction of Western agricultural practices. Like other members of the Iris family, it grows as a little tuft of grass-like leaves. In early spring the purple (sadly, not blue) flowers appear. When massed, the flower display is quite striking. Abundant seed will result in volunteers in most gardens. Blue eyed grass will go dormant in the summer without supplemental water, but it seems to accept water without complaint.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: Yes
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen