Nemophila maculata has five-petalled, white flowers with a purplish-blue spot on the outer edge of each petal. Five Spot makes a good bulb cover. Try it near the front of the border, in a rockery, or at the edge of a path. It prefers the cool temperatures of spring, and it reseeds where it's happy.
Nemophila is an annual wildflower that is native to California. The delicate flowers blooms from spring to summer. Easy to grow from seed.
Sowing Nemophila Seeds
Sow nemophila seeds outdoors in early spring, or fall in mild winter areas. Barely cover the seeds with soil. Full sun to part shade. Spacing 6".
Nemophila menziesii is a self-sowing annual with delicate, five-petaled flowers that are sky blue with white centers. It blooms from spring to summer. It makes a terrific companion plant for California poppies.
Baby Blue Eyes is easy to grow from an early spring sowing. It can be sown in the fall in zones 8-10.
Nemophila 'Penny Black' is an excellent choice for containers and hanging baskets where the small flowers can be seen up close. It prefers the cool temperatures of spring. Give it afternoon shade in hot summer areas.
Nemophila 'Penny Black'
(Baby Black Eyes)
200 seeds $2.50
photo by Lenne Valkenburg
375 seeds $2.00
(Baby Blue Eyes)
500 seeds $2.00