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.

Family:  Hydrophyllaceae

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USDA Symbol:  NEME

Duration:  Annual

Habit: Herb

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

ATTRIBUTION:  All of the Texas Wildflower images in this post are copyrighted and are the exclusive property of Terry B. Kahler. Reproduction without explisit written consent is prohibited. Some of the information contained in this section was taken from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center website and is being used under their terms of use. Redistribution from this site is prohibited. Additional information contained in this section was taken from the USDA website including the USDA code.

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