Baby Blue Eyes

Nemophila phacelioides

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



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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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:

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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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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... read more