Baby Blue Eyes, Five Spot
Nemophila maculata

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

Category:

Annuals

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Violet/Lavender

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Fernandina Beach, Florida

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Slaughter, Louisiana

Mathiston, Mississippi

Binghamton, New York

Hulbert, Oklahoma

San Antonio, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

Leesburg, Virginia

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
2
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

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

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

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

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

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