Grass widow is close to Sisyrinchium taxonomically, but possesses a grace and charm that’s lacking in many blue-eyed grasses. It’s also a bit larger and much earlier blooming, opening its nodding to erect, violet-purple flowers on foot-tall scapes in late winter or early spring. Porous soil is advised in areas with significant summer rainfall. Steppe/Montane; N California to S British Columbia. Zone 6.