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Nemophila maculata

Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Nemophila (nee-MOF-ih-luh) (Info)
Species: maculata (mak-yuh-LAH-tuh) (Info)

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16 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

Seed Collecting:
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3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Evert On Oct 22, 2005, Evert from Helsinki
Finland (Zone 4b) wrote:

Easy to grow from seeds, sow directly outdoors (at least it works best here in Finland..!). One of the first flowers to bloom, but the plants are leggy and don't tolerate heat or hard rain well. Doesn't bloom very long.
Flowers are pretty and quite showy anyways.

Positive MitchF On May 8, 2005, MitchF from Lindsay, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

May not last the heat but so well worth the short time it blooms here!

Positive noxiousweed On Nov 12, 2003, noxiousweed from El Sobrante, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

One of my favorite since I first saw it on the web. En masse even better. It dies back for me, but returns on schedule. Very unusual, bright, cheerful - I absolutely love the purple of the spots!

Positive Karenn On Jul 13, 2003, Karenn from Mount Prospect, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Evan though this is an "annual" I have found it will self-sow once established, even in zone 5. Very pretty; attractive foliage & flowers; fairly low growing in a very tidy manner.

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 30, 2001, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Fast-growing, mounded, low spreading plant which is useful as a groundcover. Serrated foliage is decorated with 5-petaled blue flowers with white centers. Though the blossoms are small, their rich colors make them appear almost luminous. Requires fertile, humus-enriched, well-drained soil and you should water regularly if the weather is dry. Propagate by seed in spring where it is to grow, or in autumn if in a mild region for blooming the following winter-spring


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

Kodiak, Alaska
Clayton, California
El Sobrante, California
Los Angeles, California
Merced, California
Redwood City, California
Richmond, California
Sacramento, California
San Jose, California (2 reports)
Stockton, California
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Slaughter, Louisiana
Mathiston, Mississippi
Binghamton, New York
Hulbert, Oklahoma
San Antonio, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah
Seattle, Washington

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