Height 15-23cm(6-9in)

Planting distance 15cm (6in)

Flowers early to late summer

Moist good garden soil

Sun or partial shade

Hardy annual

The two species grown in gardens – Nemophila maculata and Nemophila menziesii – are bushy, compact plants suitable for growing at the front of borders or for edging paths. They bear a profusion of small cup-shaped flowers in blue and white or purple and white, and have light green leaves.

Popular species

Nemophila maculata has white flowers with purple veins and purple blotches on the petal tips. The spreading stems carry lobed leaves and reach 15cm (6in) high. Nemophila menziesii, commonly called baby-blue-eyes, has white-centred sky-blue flowers. Reaching 23cm (9in) high, the plants bear feathery leaves. ‘Pennie Black’ has deep purple, near black flowers edged with silvery-white.


Sow the seeds shallowly in their flowering site in early autumn or early spring. In mid spring thin to 15cm (6in) apart. Nemophila grows well in sun or partial shade in any ordinary soil, but for the best results, sow in moist rich soil.

Pests and diseases

Aphids may infest young shoots.

22. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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