The spring flower known familiarly as blue-eyed grass isn’t a grass at all, but a member of the iris family. In addition, its ‘eye’ is yellow, rather than blue, but no one seems to care, and blue-eyed grass remains its common name.
Most sources agree on March as the beginning of its bloom period, but this bud and flower were pushing the season a bit when I found them along the edge of FM 227 in Brazoria County on February 3. The emergence of the flower at a ninety-degree angle is atypical; perhaps the bud was damaged by the cold temperatures.
While buttercups, a very few Texas dandelions, and ten-petal anemones are beginning to appear, this bit of color was a welcome surprise: a reminder that despite the continuing rain, cold, and gloom, spring is coming.
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