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PlantFiles: Venus's Navelwort
Omphalodes linifolia

Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Omphalodes (om-fal-LOW-deez) (Info)
Species: linifolia (lin-ih-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Omphalodes kuzinskyanae

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Alpines and Rock Gardens

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

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


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

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

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Weezingreens On Apr 6, 2005, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

This erect little annual has wonderful blue-green foliage and tiny white flowers. It blooms over a long period and self-seeds readily. Venus' Navelwort grows in the wild in dry, open areas, often alkaline, in full sun. It can be found in the stony grasslands of Mediterranean Europe.

I first started these from seed last spring. The seedlings are quite sweet and compact, becoming rangier as they grow. Though not likely suited to our rainy climate, they did bloom and were very appealing. I was able to collect seed, as well.


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

Seward, Alaska
Alamo, California
Gilroy, California
Huntington Beach, California
Long Beach, California

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