Contact Us Host an Event Volunteer Join

Plant Database

Search for native plants by scientific name, common name or family. If you are not sure what you are looking for, try the Combination Search or our Recommended Species lists.

Enter a Plant Name:
Or choose a plant family:
Collinsia parviflora (Maiden blue eyed mary)
Glase, Terry

Collinsia parviflora

Collinsia parviflora Lindl.

Maiden Blue Eyed Mary, Maiden Blue-eyed Mary

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)

Synonym(s): Antirrhinum tenellum, Collinsia grandiflora var. pusilla, Collinsia tenella

USDA Symbol: COPA3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (I?), CAN (N)

A small, widely branched plant with an open cluster of tiny, blue and white, bilaterally symmetrical flowers on slender stalks.

This Collinsia has among the smallest flowers in the genus. The similar Little Tonella (Tonella tenella), found from western Washington to northern California, has a bilaterally symmetrical, white corolla barely 1/8 (3 mm) long, the five lobes tipped with violet and not folded.


From the Image Gallery

7 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul


USA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , ID , MI , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , OR , PA , SD , UT , VT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC , ON , SK
Native Distribution: British Columbia south to southern California and east to Colorado, Michigan, and Ontario.
Native Habitat: Open, gravelly flats and banks, often in sparse grass.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

USDA: Find Collinsia parviflora in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Collinsia parviflora in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Collinsia parviflora


Record Modified: 2013-06-21
Research By: TWC Staff

Go back