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Nemophila maculata (Five Spot)

Five Spot, Five-Spot Baby, Fivespot


A popular garden plant, Nemophila maculata (Five Spot) is a small trailing annual boasting a profusion of bowl-shaped white flowers, 1.5 in. across (4 cm), adorned with a violet spot at the tip of each petal. Blooming from mid spring to mid summer (depending on locations), the blossoms are borne in clusters at the branch tips and rise above the foliage of small, pinnately lobed leaves. Numerous pollinating insects are attracted to the flowers, including bees and butterflies. Five Spot is a most charming wildflower that grows best in cool summer climates and does not tolerate hot and humid weather. Easy to grow, it looks spectacular planted in drifts, adding a wave of bright color in the landscape. It is also a fine choice for rock gardens, garden edging, containers or in a wildflower meadow.

  • Grows up to 6-12 in. tall and wide (15-30 cm). Will self seed in the landscape.
  • Thrives in full sun or part shade, in fertile, moist, well-drained soils. This plant is intolerant of dry soils and drought. It must be watered during dry periods in the summer to promote flowering.
  • Ideal for beds and borders, garden edging, city gardens, cottage gardens, rock gardens, containers or hanging baskets.
  • No serious pest of disease issues. Keep an eye out for aphids, powdery and downy mildew.
  • Cut back after flowering.
  • Propagate by seed sown in-situ in spring or fall.
  • Native to California, Oregon, Utah.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 10
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Annuals
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spacing 10" – 12" (25cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon, Rocky Mountains, Utah
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Hanging Baskets, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 10
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Annuals
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spacing 10" – 12" (25cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon, Rocky Mountains, Utah
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Hanging Baskets, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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