Nemophila menziesii (Baby Blue Eyes) is an annual flowering plant native to California and Oregon in North America. Baby Blue Eyes is an annual plant, which means it completes its lifecycle within a year. It belongs to the Boraginaceae family.
Baby Blue Eyes plants are delicate and typically grow to a height of 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 cm). The leaves are small, green, and finely divided. The flowers are the main attraction of this plant, featuring five rounded petals in a beautiful shade of sky blue. The flowers have a delicate, airy appearance, creating a charming display.
The flower typically blooms in spring or early summer, generally between March and June. The blooming period may vary depending on the local climate and growing conditions. Baby Blue Eyes is highly valued for its delicate and charming flowers. The flowers attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies.
Baby Blue Eyes thrives in full sun to partial shade. It prefers well-draining soil and can tolerate various soil types. It is adapted to cool, coastal conditions and is often found in meadows, woodland edges, or shaded areas.
Baby Blue Eyes, with its soft blue flowers and airy appearance, adds a touch of tranquility and beauty to garden beds, borders, or shaded areas. Its adaptability to various growing conditions and self-seeding nature make it a popular choice for creating dreamy and whimsical displays of color. It is often used in wildflower meadows, cottage gardens, or naturalized areas
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Scientific Name: Nemophila Menziesii
Common Name: Baby Blue Eyes
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: Native to California, Baja California, Oregon
Height: 4-12 "
Spread: 12 "
Habitat: Chaparral, Valley Grassland, Montane Locales
Zone: USDA Hardiness Zone 2-11
Exposure: Full Sun/Sheltered
Blooming Season: Spring, Cool Summers
Attracts: Bees and Butterflies
Resistant: Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Characteristics: Fragrant, Showy, Good Cut
Flower Color: White to pale purple or bright blue, White at center
Water Requirement: Average
Soil Type: Prefers mostly well-drained soil
Soil pH: pH 5-8
Advantage: Low maintenance, Easy to grow
Uses: Ground cover, Garden bed, Consider Pairing it with taller plants such as Tulips