Blue-eyed grass is an upright, smooth perennial with fibrous
roots. Its preferred habitat is prairies, roadsides, woods and
woodland edges. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
The leaves are alternate on the stem, mostly basal, linear
in outline; no teeth and no lobes. The color is usually dull
green, often with a silver-like sheen.
The flowers are terminal on branched stems. Each flower
has two to five spathes; on short flower stalks;. bisexual in
nature and symmetrical in form. The color is violet, blue or
Fruit is a capsule.
Blue-eyed grass is a very difficult species to determine.
Some taxonomists recognize numerous species while others tend
to conserve the number and develop varieties. A yellow flowered
species is S. exile. Several other species are found throughout
the state. The violet-colored species usually presents five petals
instead of the usual six.