Sisyrinchium bellum (Blue-eyed Grass) - This California native clump-forming perennial has narrow bluish green grass-like leaf blades that stand erect to 6 to 12 inches tall. In the later winter to late spring (January to June) rises from the base the branched stalk bearing umbrella-like clusters of small six petaled metallic purple-blue flowers that have yellow centers. Flowering is followed by dark brown fruit which often release abundant seed, allowing the spread of the plant in the garden. Plant in sun or part shade in pretty much any soil, sandy or heavy, so long as there is drainage. It requires little irrigation and tolerates non- irrigated areas but will also do well in a moderately well-watered garden – it is summer dormant when not irrigated though this period is much shorter in cooler coastal gardens.
From CALIFORNIA NATIVES