Needletip blue-eyed grass

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. February 2014.

Scientific name: Sisyrinchium mucronatum Michx.; also S. intermedium E.P. Bicknell

Common name(s): needletip blue-eyed grass, needle-tipped blue-eyed grass, slender blue-eyed grass, narrow-leaved blue-eyed grass, Michaux’s blue-eyed grass

Links: USDA PLANTS Profile , NPIN Profile, Go Botany

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-narrow stems

-faint wing margins

-sessile single inflorescense

-alternate basal leaves

-easily confused with S. montanum, which has wider leaves and usually lacks purplish spathes (bracts surrounding the inflorescence)

-listed as a species of Special Concern in ME


-field and meadows

-forest edges

-shores of rives



Go Botany. “Sisyrinchium Mucronatum Michx.” Sisyrinchium Mucronatum (Needle-Tipped Blue-Eyed-Grass): Go Botany, 2020,