About heirloom baby blue eyes
- Hardy, easy to grow wildflower
- Prefers full sun
- Native wildflowers in California
- Excellent for containers and rock gardens
Nemophila menziesii, more commonly known as baby blue eyes, is a hardy, trailing plant native to California, where it can be found growing wild all over. However, it is a popular annual in many regions of the United States. Baby blue eyes is a low-growing shrub-like plant with succulent stems and flowers that are brilliantly colored. It has gorgeous dark sky blue flowers that fade to light blue/white in the center. They usually reach a height of six to twelve inches. Borders, containers, and rockeries are all great places to use baby blue eyes. With their cheery, exploding blue color that evokes a vivid blue sky, they are generally one of the first annual plants to show color, anxious to greet spring.
It's preferable to opt for an area with sandy to loamy soil and full sun (six to eight hours each day) to partial shade ( four to six hours a day) when determining where to plant baby blue eyes. Other wildflowers that go well with baby blue eyes are California poppy, clarkia, succulents, and butterfly bush, to mention a few. Wait until conditions are at least 65°F before planting, as baby blue eyes dislikes chilly temperatures. Seeds should be started indoors six to eight weeks before the last frost in the spring in colder zones (zones 7 and below). Choose a location with enriched, well-draining soil. Place seeds on the soil's surface and gently compress them for direct sowing. Seeds need sunlight to germinate properly, so don't cover them. Remove any weeds that appear once the baby blue eyes have established themselves. Fertilizer is rarely required to boost development, but it might be a beneficial addition. These wildflowers don't need a lot of water to thrive; in fact, they're used to thriving in areas where droughts are prevalent. Baby blue eyes demand very little attention. They will die off with the fatal frost because they are sensitive annuals.
For more information about planting, growing, and caring for heirloom baby blue eyes, see our Baby Blue Eyes Seeds Planting Guide.