Mar. 5, 2020

bog yellow-eyed grass, Xyris difformis

Looking at yellow-eyed grass from the side is not showing them to their best advantage. It is interesting to see how the flowers emerge from behind the bracts of the head. Each flower lasts a day. Each head is on a thin leafless stalk up to a couple feet tall. The Seminole used infusions of Xyris stems externally for relief from colds and pulmonary problems. The plants were also used in witchcraft. Bog yellow-eyed grass grows in bogs and other wetlands with high or low pH in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IN(T), KY(E), LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH(E), OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, NS, and ON. Lowndes Co GA, 7/7/18. Yellow-eyed grass family, Xyridaceae.