Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Narrow-Leaved Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium)

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Date Location Notes Images
June 10, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire Last year I found a Blue-Eyed Grass and when I went back out to identify the species, the rain had washed away all of the flowers. There are two important pieces of information to determining the species: 1) the long bract (spathe) below the flower will either be sessile or borne on a flower stem (peduncle). If it is borne on a flower stem, there will usually be 2-5 peduncles per stem; 2) The stems will either have obvious winged margins or barely-discernable wingled margins.

Key:
  • Inflorescences occurring either singly or numbering 2-5 and borne on peduncles.
  • Inflorescences numbering 2-5 and borne on peduncles.
  • Stem 2.3-5 mm wide and broadly-winged.