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Sierra Baby Blue-eyes
Nemophila spatulata
About Sierra Baby Blue-eyes (Nemophila spatulata) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Nemophila spatulata, with the common names Sierra baby blue-eyes and Sierra nemophila, is a dicot in the family Boraginaceae. The plant is an annual herb wildflower that grows in California, and adjacent areas of Nevada and Oregon. It is found on slopes at elevations between 1,100-3,000 metres (3,600-9,800 ft), in meadows, road banks, and woodlands. It grows in the following plant communities: Yellow pine forestRed fir forestLodgepole forestBioregional Distribution includes: Southern High Cascade RangeHigh Sierra Nevada and Southern Sierra Nevada FoothillsTehachapi MountainsTransverse Ranges, in the San Bernardino Mountains and Santa Monica MountainsPeninsular Ranges in the San Jacinto MountainsThe flowers of Nemophila spatulata are bowl-shaped, white or blue and generally veined and dotted. The lobes are sometimes purple-spotted. The corolla is 2-8 mm long and 2-10 mm wide. The leaves are opposite, 5-30 mm long, and the petiole is winged. The lower blades have 3-5 lobes, are shallow and generally entire. The upper blade lobes have 3-5 triangular teeth. The seeds are brown and are smooth but shallowly pitted. The fruit produces between 5-7 seeds.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

Flower Color
Flower Color
White, Blue

Wildlife Supported

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Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 10.6" - 109.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.37" - 3.79", Coldest Month: 20.0" - 51.5", Hottest Month: 45.0" - 76.5", Humidity: 0.83" - 27.23", Elevation: 700" - 12226"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Sierra Baby Blue Eyes, Sierra Blue-eyes, Sierra Nemophila

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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