About baby blue eyes seeds
- Hardy, easy to grow wildflower
- Prefers full sun
- Native wildflowers in California
- Excellent for containers and rock gardens
Baby blue eyes, also known as Nemophila menziesii, is a hardy, trailing plant native to California where it can be found growing wild all over. However, it is a successful annual in many other parts of the United States. A low-spreading, shrub-like plant, baby blue eyes has succulent stems and flowers with beautifully colored curved flowers. Its flowers are a lovely shade of dark sky blue that fades to light blue/white in the center. Typically, they grow between 6 to 12 inches in height. Baby blue eyes make an excellent choice for borders, containers, and rockeries. They are often one of the first annual plants to display color, eager to welcome spring with their cheerful, bursting blue color that mimics a bright blue sky.
When deciding on the perfect location to plant baby blue eyes, it is best to look for an area that has sandy to loamy soil and full sun (six to eight hours a day) to partial shade ( four to six hours a day). Good companion plants for baby blue eyes include other wildflowers such as California poppy, clarkia, succulents, and butterfly bush- just to name a few. When planting, wait until temperatures are at least 65°F, baby blue eyes does not like cold temperatures. Colder zones ( zones 7 and below) should start seeds indoors six to eight weeks before the final frost in spring. Select an area with enriched soil that is well-draining. For direct sowing, place seeds onto the surface of the soil and compress gently. Do not cover, as seeds require sunlight to properly germinate. Once baby blue eyes are established, remove any weeds that pop up. Fertilizer is rarely needed to improve growth, however, it can be a useful additive. These wildflowers do not require very much water to grow, in fact, they are quite accustomed to growing in locations were droughts are common. Very little care is required of baby blue eyes. Because they are tender annuals, they will die off with the killing frost.
For more information about planting, growing, and caring for baby blue eyes, see our Baby Blue Eyes Seeds Planting Guide.