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Family Iridaceae
Sisyrinchium montanum Greene
mountain blue-eyed-grass, strict blue-eyed grass
Sisyrinchium: Greek sys for pig; rynchos for snout; referring to a pig grubbing the roots for food
montanum: of mountains
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, 4"-20" tall forb; stems flat and obviously winged, largest to 1/8" wide, stout, and unbranched
Flower: blue violet, 6-parted, 3/4" - 1 1/4" wide, tepal bases yellow, tips notched with a sharp point; inflorescence of 1 cluster at the top of the stem, sheaths (spathes) green to bronze usually connected at the base, outer sheath 1 1/2"-3" long; blooms May-June
Fruit:small roundish, tan to dark brown or purplish capsule
Leaf:narrow, almost as long and as wide as the stems
Habitat: full sun; dry to moderate moisture; meadows; in sandy, loamy soil

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