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PlantFiles: Baby Blue Eyes
Nemophila phacelioides

Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Nemophila (nee-MOF-ih-luh) (Info)
Species: phacelioides

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Color:
Light Blue

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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3 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive scubamom On Feb 25, 2014, scubamom from Gregory, TX wrote:

We live just north of Corpus Christi near Portland, TX and have these all along our country lanes, blooming profusely! Appeared February 25th in clusters of color.

Positive Samtpfote On May 27, 2010, Samtpfote from Gresham, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

Early spring I found a few year old wildflower seed mix in my garage. I gave it a shot and threw them into a flowerpot. The Baby Blue Eye is one of the flowers that actally grew. Very beautiful flowers and it grows in a very shady spot.

Positive htop On Apr 4, 2007, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Baby Blue Eyes, Large Flowered Baby Blue Eyes is native to Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas native. It blooms from March or April through May (if we don't have hot, hot May). It is found natively in moist sandy or sometimes clay soils of plains, woodlands, partially shaded thicket edges, meadows, river bottoms, prairies and coastal brushlands. It can form large colonies with enough moisture. The alternate, stalked leaves are bluish-green and can vary in shape. They are lobed or divided into segments as well as sometimes irregularly toothed. The stems and leaves have fine hairs. The blue to blue-violet blooms are about 1 inch wide (may be up to 1.25 inches) and have a white center. They may appear solitarily from the leaf axils or in clusters at the tip of stems. As soon as the weather starts heating up, they disappear. The blooms are lovely, especially in early morning and in late afternoon sunlight or when backlit. Here's one plant that does well in partial or light shade.


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

Forest Falls, California
Waterford, California
Yosemite Lakes, California
Madisonville, Louisiana
Warren, Ohio
Gresham, Oregon
Boyd, Texas
Cedar Creek, Texas
Gregory, Texas
Helotes, Texas
New Braunfels, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)

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