Nemophila maculata (Five-Spot) is an annual flowering plant native to California and Oregon in North America. Five-Spot is an annual plant, which means it completes its lifecycle within a year. It belongs to the Boraginaceae family.
Five-Spot plants are low-growing and typically reach heights of 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 cm). The leaves are green and divided into lobes. The flowers are the highlight of this plant, featuring five rounded petals in shades of white or light blue with a central dark purple or maroon spot. The distinctive spot gives the plant its common name "Five-Spot."
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. Five-Spot is highly valued for its charming and distinctive flowers. The flowers attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies.
Five-Spot thrives in full sun to partial shade. It prefers well-draining soil and can tolerate various soil types. It is adapted to dry conditions and is often found in meadows, grasslands, and coastal areas.
Five-Spot, with its unique spotted flowers and low-growing habit, adds a delightful touch to garden beds, borders, or meadow plantings. Its adaptability to various growing conditions and self-seeding nature make it a popular choice for creating naturalistic and colorful displays. It is often used in wildflower meadows, cottage gardens, or naturalized areas.
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Scientific Name: Nemophila Maculata
Common Name: Five Spot
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: California
Height: 4-6 "
Spread: 6-12 "
Habitat: Valley Grassland, Foothill woodland, Pine and Fir forest
Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
Blooming Season: April to June
Attracts: Butterflies, Bees and Birds
Resistant: Deer, Drought
Flower Shape: Showy
Flower Color: White with single purple petal spots
Moisture: Evenly moist
Water Requirement: Moderate
Soil Type: Fertile, Organically rich, Well-drained soil
Soil pH: 5-8
Advantage: Easy to grow, Rapid growth
Uses: Borders and Rock Gardens, Bee Gardens, Interesting plant for edging