NEMOPHILA

FAMILY: Boraginaceae

TYPE
  • Annuals
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11

Plant Details

These cool-weather annuals grow 612 in. high and trail to 1 ft. wide, with saucer-shaped flowers to 1 in. across in spring. Pale green, hairy, ferny leaves give plants a delicate appearance. Often used as bulb cover. Sow seed in place in fall; plants will bloom in winter in the Coastal and Tropical South, in spring in the Upper, Middle, and Lower South.

N. maculata. FIVE-SPOT NEMOPHILA. Native to California. Flowers are white, marked with fine purple lines and dots; a large purple dot appears at the tip of each of the five lobes.

N. menziesii. BABY BLUE EYES. From California, southern Oregon. Plant blooms freely, bearing sky-blue blossoms with a white or near-white center. 'Snowstorm' has white flowers dotted with black. 'Pennie Black' bears blackish purple flowers rimmed in white.

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