Blue-eyed Grass at South Beach

June 25th, 2010 | by | 7 Comments
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Shore Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium littorale)

Shore Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium littorale) Flower #1

One of the plants that I’ve been trying to photograph for years is Blue-eyed Grass. I never seem to get the timing right – I’m either too early and find this iris in bud or too late and it has already gone to seed.

Shore Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium littorale)

Shore Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium littorale) Flower #2

Today, while out scouting a route for tomorrow’s guided walk about plants that live on rocky outcrops I found several patches of Shore Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium littorale) in bloom at South Beach in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. I was extremely happy to finally have the opportunity to photograph this beautiful member of the Iris Family (Iridaceae). Like both the species and common name suggests, this iris is found close to the ocean.

Shore Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium littorale)

Shore Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium littorale) Flower #3

Shore Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium littorale)

Shore Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium littorale) Flower #4

Shore Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium littorale)

A metalic fly lands on the flower of Shore Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium littorale).


  1. Hugh says:

    June 25th, 2010 at 7:50 pm (#)

    Very nice pictures, Dave. A favourite plant of mine. Stupid fly, wrecking the last one.

  2. Don't Bug Me! says:

    June 25th, 2010 at 8:14 pm (#)

    That is one gorgeous flower!

  3. Carol Carson says:

    June 25th, 2010 at 10:15 pm (#)

    Stunning photographs of a truly gorgeous plant. I’m happy the timing finally cooperated to help you realize a dream!

  4. Dave says:

    June 26th, 2010 at 3:08 pm (#)

    Thanks folks – we went out there again today and the flowers were all closed up, seems like either they need a little sun to fully open or the bloom was a one day thing!

  5. Dave says:

    June 26th, 2010 at 3:09 pm (#)

    Thanks Hugh – I worked really hard to get that fly in focus : )

  6. Brauna says:

    June 29th, 2010 at 8:43 pm (#)

    Nice shots of a lovely little gem. You were so lucky! Timing is everything.

  7. Island Nature  :: Golden-eyed Grass says:

    July 20th, 2011 at 4:11 pm (#)

    […] califoricum). I had seen Blue-eyed Grass (S. idahoense var. macounii) in bloom for the first time last year out at South Beach in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, but had never seen this other member of the Iris family […]

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