Grazing North Texas — Dotted Blue-eyed Grass

By Tony Dean

Dotted blue-eyed grass is a native perennial that is really not a grass at all, but a forb and a member of the iris family.
When I found this plant in central Clay County, I was struck by the brilliant blue color and the simple beauty of the delicate flowers. The flowers seem almost shy. They open in morning hours then fold up at night and during overcast days.

Blue-eyed grass grows mostly upright and can be up to 12 inches tall. Flowers can be slightly larger than one inch in diameter. The flowers appear to have six petals, but in reality have three petals and three sepals (leaves that look like petals).

Dotted blue-eyed grass produces flowers from March through May in North Texas. You may have noticed it this spring in the country side. When the blooms are not visible, the slender narrow leaves blend in with surrounding grasses, and it looks like just another grazing plant.

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