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Omphalodes verna (Blue-Eyed Mary)

Blue-Eyed Mary, Creeping Forget-Me-Not, Venus's Buttons


Resembling Myosotis, Omphalodes verna (Blue-Eyed Mary) is a charming semi-evergreen perennial ground cover which sends forth sprays of white-eyed, bright blue flowers reminiscent of forget-me-not from late winter to early spring. Each brilliant, tiny flower is highlighted against the oval, fresh, spring-green leaves. Ideal for a shady border to weave through shrubs and perennials or to hide the fading foliage of spring bulbs. Vigorous, plant it in large drifts to create a sea of blue.

  • Reaching 6-12 in. in height (15-30 cm), this native to the mountains of Europe spreads 9-12 in. (22-30 cm).
  • It is resilient to most pests and diseases and is easy to care for. A remarkably low-maintenance plant, this excellent performer looks spectacular when grown among spring bulbs or naturalized in woodlands.
  • A part shade lover, it thrives in richmoistwell-drained soils.
  • Propagate by seed or by division

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 6 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 9" – 1' (22cm – 30cm)
Spacing 9" – 12" (22cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers
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 6 – 9
Heat Zones 6 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 9" – 1' (22cm – 30cm)
Spacing 9" – 12" (22cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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