Paracaryum coelestinum

Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Paracaryum (par-uh-KAR-ee-um) (Info)
Species: coelestinum (koh-el-ES-tee-num) (Info)




Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


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Bloom Color:

Light Blue

Bloom Time:

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Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Oak Park, California

Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 4, 2013, Devorah from Oak Park, CA wrote:

I picked this up in a 4" pot one day because I loved the true-blue flowers. It looks very much like Forget-Me-Nots. It's lovely and extremely easy to grow, but one caveat: it spreads like wild fire if you let the seeds disperse. And those seeds are really something else! They stick to EVERYTHING. You'll track them in on your shoelaces if you even brush up against the plant. This summer, on a lark, I decided to gather these tenacious seeds and throw them around the whole flower bed. Well...guess what? I have the plants growing all over the place...duh! I don't find them to be deep rooted, though, and they're easy to dispose of if they get out of hand. (Mexican Primroses, for example, can be real pests, but these aren't in that category.) It's a lot easier, though, if you yank them before t... read more


On Jul 16, 2010, Btic from Ann Arbor, MI wrote:

The John Henry tag LK0304 identifies Mediterranean Paracaryum as "Lavish clusters of flowers on silver-gray foliage. Adds color to garden's edge. How To Grow: Plant in part sun. Grows to 24" (61 cm) tall. Spreads to 36" (91 cm.) The image shows medium blue 5 petaled blossoms.