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California Blue-eyed Grass

Sisyrinchium bellum

Description:

"The stems of Sisyrinchium bellum can grow as long as 60 centimetres (24 in), though they are often shorter. Its leaves are grassy and tufted. The flowers are 1–2 centimetres (0.39–0.79 in) in diameter and purplish-blue, varying somewhat in color from a true blue to a definite purple; occasional white-flowering plants are found. " - Wikipedia

Habitat:

Daley Ranch in grassy area. "California and Oregon in and west of the Sierra Nevada, its range extending south into Baja California. (It's found) in open places where there is some moisture, particularly grassy areas, though it can also be found in woodlands and at altitudes up to 2,400 metres (7,900 ft)." - Wikipedia

Notes:

"The Ohlone used an infusion of the roots and leaves as a cure for indigestion and stomach pain, and similar uses are recorded from other Native American peoples." - Wikipedia

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Escondido, California, USA

Spotted on Apr 19, 2012
Submitted on Apr 21, 2012

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