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PlantFiles: Tall Cup Flower
Nierembergia frutescens 'Blue Eyes'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Nierembergia (nee-rem-BERG-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: frutescens (froo-TESS-enz) (Info)
Cultivar: Blue Eyes

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Blooms all year


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

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ineedacupoftea On Jan 16, 2009, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

A Tom Peace introduciton, I have heard.

Positive dicentra63 On Jul 10, 2007, dicentra63 from West Valley City, UT (Zone 6b) wrote:

Is having a great deal of fun in part-sun hanging baskets. Recommended.

Positive aprilwillis On Mar 24, 2006, aprilwillis from Missouri City, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Drought tolerant, blooms all warm season; thrives on neglect and constantly draws comments from passers by!


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

Martinez, California
New Orleans, Louisiana
Missouri City, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah

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