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Nemophila

Hydrophyllaceae
Annuals

These lovely annuals grow to 6–12 in. high and trailing to 1 ft. wide, with bell-shaped flowers to 1 in. across in spring. Pale green, hairy, ferny leaves give the plants a delicate appearance. Often used as a bulb cover.

Broadcast seed in place. In cold-winter areas, sow as soon as the ground is workable in spring; in mild-winter regions, plant in fall. The plant is quickly killed by heat and humidity. Reseeds when grown under cool, moist conditions.

Nemophila maculata

Native to California. Flowers are white, marked with fine purple lines and dots; a large purple dot appears at the tip of each of the five lobes.

Nemophila menziesii
Nemophila menziesii

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Nemophila menziesii

Native to California and southern Oregon. Blooms as freely in gardens as it does in the wild, bearing sky blue blossoms with a white or near-white center. ‘Snow Storm’ (N. m. atomaria), the baby blue eyes variety most commonly grown in Oregon, has white flowers dotted with black. ‘Penny Black’ (N. m. discoidalis) produces blooms that are blackish purple rimmed in white.

 

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