Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii)
Description: A small, trailing annual, 6 in. tall and 1 ft. wide, Menzies baby-blue-eyes is well-known for its bright-blue, five-petaled, bowl-shaped flowers with white centers. These occur in clusters at branch tips. The branches and deeply cut leaves are hairy. One of the most charming and best-known spring wildflowers in California, it is often included in commercial wildflower seed mixtures and has been cultivated in England for more than a century. Closely related is the equally delightful Fivespot (N. maculata) of central California, with white petals, each with a large blue-violet spot at the base.
USDA Symbol: NEME
Size Class: 0-1 ft.
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun
Water Use: Low
Light Requirements: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Notes: Native Habitat: Mt. meadows; moist woods; cool, north slopes