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Omphalodes cappadocica

Ground covers, Perennials


These resemble forget-me-nots (Myosotis) but typically have deeper blue, somewhat larger (1/2-in.) flowers and more restrained behavior—they don’t have the irritating habit of reseeding themselves all over the place. Omphalodes thrive in woodland gardens or shaded rock gardens and look especially attractive on a wall or bank, where their flowers may be viewed at eye level.

Omphalodes cappadocica

Native to Turkey. Slowly spreading clump of bright green foliage to 1 1/2 ft. wide. Sends up 1–1 1/2-ft.-high sprays of bright blue, white-eyed flowers in spring. ‘Lilac Mist’ is shorter (to 10 in.), with grayish lavender flowers. ‘Starry Eyes’, also to 10 in. high, has pale lilac flowers with dark blue spots at the base of each petal. There also is a form with pure white flowers.

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