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Collinsia grandiflora

Collinsia grandiflora Lindl.

Giant Blue Eyed Mary, Blue-lips Blue-eyed Mary, Blue Lips

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)

Synonym(s): Collinsia parviflora var. grandiflora

USDA Symbol: cogr2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Blue-lips Blue-eyed Mary is an 8-15 in. annual with oval, opposite leaves and flowers occuring singly or in small clusters from the leaf axils. The 3/4 in. flowers have a purple or white upper lip and a blue or violet lower lip.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 15 inches tall.

Bloom Information

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


USA: CA , ID , OR , UT , WA
Canada: BC
Native Distribution: S. B.C. & c. ID to n.w. CA
Native Habitat: Open, grassy or rocky places

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist to drier soil.
Conditions Comments: Blue lips is not heat-resistant and requires cool nights.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

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


Description: Sow seeds in both the fall and early spring for the maximum season of flowering.
Commercially Avail: yes

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

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-02-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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