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Nemophila maculata Benth. ex Lindl.
USDA Symbol: NEMA
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
This hairy, trailing annual reaches 12 in. in length. Delicate, showy, bell-shaped flowers grow in clusters at the tips of its branches. Each of the five petals are white, with a bluish to purple spot at the tip. Leaves are lobed and opposite.
Fivespot grows quickly and easily in cultivation, especially if given afternoon shade. It reseeds readily.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Leaf:
Green Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
CA , OR , UT Native Distribution:
In CA, w. base of the Sierra Nevada from Plumas Co. to Kern Co. Native Habitat:
Moist slopes & flats below 7500 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Mesic to dry soils.
Conditions Comments: Five spot grows quickly and easily, especially if given afternoon shade. It reseeds readily.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Where winters are relatively mild, sow seed in fall; otherwise sow in early spring.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No treatment may be necessary but for more uniform results, stratify for 2 months or germinate in cool temperatures (less than 70 degrees) and in darkness for the first 3 days.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
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Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff