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Collinsia verna

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Collinsia (kol-IN-see-uh) (Info)
Species: verna (VER-nuh) (Info)

Synonym:Collinsia alba
Synonym:Collinsia tricolor

22 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

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

Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral rebecca101 On Jan 9, 2009, rebecca101 from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a pleasant little wildflower suitable for a wild woodland garden. Foliage is rather coarse, but the flowers have a delicate beauty. I would not say it bloomed terribly long - early June to early July here for me in Wisconsin (from wintersown seeds). Foliage died down after bloom in late summer. I did not think it was too spectacular - would probably not plant it again.

Positive DiOhio On Apr 23, 2004, DiOhio from Corning, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Collinsia verna is a delicate winter annual that sprouts in the fall, so seeds must be sown in summer. Light green oval leaves are opposite or in whorls of 3, lacking leafstalks. The stems are weak and can get up to 18" tall, so they often sprawl onto the ground or nearby plants (recumbent). In Ohio it can be found along streams or moist woodland. Our whole ravine is covered with it. Out of thousands of plants, I have only ever found a few that are pink and white in color, and they are in my yard. It is a very attractive wildflower and I look forward to seeing it every spring.


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

Gaylesville, Alabama
Seward, Alaska
Agoura Hills, California
Chico, California
Fairfax, California
Malibu, California
Menifee, California
Richmond, California
Sacramento, California
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Glouster, Ohio
Tullahoma, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Madison, Wisconsin

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