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Nemophila menziesii (Baby Blue Eyes)

Baby Blue Eyes, Menzies Baby Blue Eyes, Nemophila insignis


A popular garden plant, Nemophila menziesii (Baby Blue Eyes) is a small, trailing annual boasting a profusion of bowl-shaped bright blue flowers, 1.5 in. across (4 cm), adorned with white centers. Blooming from late winter to early summer (depending on locations), the blossoms are borne in clusters at the branch tips. The foliage of small, lobed leaves is hairy. Baby Blue Eyes is a most charming spring 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 true blue color in early spring. It is also a fine choice for rock gardens, garden edging, containers or in a wildflower meadow.

  • Grows up to 3-6 in. tall (7-15 cm) and 6-12 in. wide (15-30 cm). Will self seed in the landscape.
  • Thrives in full sun or part shade, in fertile, moist, well-drained soils.
  • Ideal for beds and borders, garden edging as a groundcover, city gardens, cottage gardens, rock gardens and containers.
  • No serious pest of disease issues. Keep an eye out for aphids, powdery and downy mildew.
  • Propagate by seed sown in-situ in spring or fall.
  • Native to Alaska, California, Nevada, Oregon.

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Requirements

Hardiness 2 – 11
Heat Zones 1 – 11
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Annuals
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Winter
Height 3" – 6" (7cm – 15cm)
Spread 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spacing 10" – 12" (25cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Alaska, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon, Southwest, Nevada
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 2 – 11
Heat Zones 1 – 11
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Annuals
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Winter
Height 3" – 6" (7cm – 15cm)
Spread 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spacing 10" – 12" (25cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Alaska, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon, Southwest, Nevada
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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