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Nemophila menziesii Hook. & Arn.
Baby blue eyes, Menzies baby blue eyes
USDA Symbol: NEME
A small, trailing annual, 6 in. tall and 1 ft. wide, Menzies baby-blue-eyes is well-known for its bright-blue, five-petaled, bowl-shaped flowers with white centers. These occur in clusters at branch tips. The branches and deeply cut leaves are hairy.
One of the most charming and best-known spring wildflowers in California, it is often included in commercial wildflower seed mixtures and has been cultivated in England for more than a century. Closely related is the equally delightful Fivespot (N. maculata) of central California, with white petals, each with a large blue-violet spot at the base.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun
, OR Native Distribution:
Willamette V., OR; Coast Ranges through CA
to San Diego Co. Native Habitat:
Mt. meadows; moist woods; cool, north slopes
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Moist Soil Description:
Moist, fertile soils. Conditions Comments:
This is a quick and easy annual
which does best if given afternoon shade.
PropagationDescription: Broadcast seed in fall in warm-winter areas; spring in cold-winter areas. Cool temperatures (less than 70 degrees) are necessary for uniform germination. Darkness for the first 3 days also improves uniformity.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2013-07-02
Research By: TWC Staff