ACADIA NATURE NOTES
BLUE EYED GRASS
May - July
Sisyrinchium angustifolium - Iris family.
A common resident of sunny fields and meadows.
Named for its obvious resemblance to grass.
The blossom opens to the sun for one day, then closes, never to open again.
COMMON BLUE VIOLET
Late May - June
Viola cucullata - Violet family
Low grounds, fields and marshes.
Pollinated by bumblebees or self-fertilized.
It produces close to the ground on short stems, often hidden under the leaves, the merest apologies for flowers -- no petals, no nectar, half-closed. They look like flowers that have not developed, but within each are stamens and ovules. The home pollen fertilizes the pistil and soon the wretched little flower is changed to a plump, healthy capsule full of seeds. Those curious blossoms are produced throughout the entire summer.
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