Baby Blue Eyes

Common Names:
Baby Blue Eyes
Scientific name:
Nemophila menziesii
Subspecies | Variants:
Nemophila menziesii var. atomaria, Nemophila menziesii var. integrifolia, Nemophila menziesii var. menziesii
Elevation range:
< 6,500 ft.
Flowering Months:
March, April, May, June
Height | Length:
4 - 12 in.
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
Annual
Pollinator or food source for:
Notes:
Attracts native bees
State Occurrences:
Desert region:
Mojave

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Baby Blue Eyes in the desert

Nemophila menzesii with five petals and five stamens that are one of the characteristics of the Boraginaceae family to which it belongs. Flowers of this blue shade aren't very common in the plant world. Pioneertown, CA | March 14, 2015

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Baby Blue Eyes in the desert

Note the tiny dots and hairs deep in the corolla of this Nemophila menzesii. Mojave Desert | March 2015

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Baby Blue Eyes in the desert

Nemophila menzesii just opening in Pipes Canyon, CA | March 14, 2015  

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Baby Blue Eyes in the desert

Nemophila menzesii specimen in a lovely lavender color Pipes Canyon, CA | March 2015   

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Baby Blue Eyes in the desert

Nemophila menzesii flower in Pioneertown, CA | March 2015 

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Baby Blue Eyes in the desert

Leaves and bud of Nemophila menzesii in Pipes Canyon, CA | March 14, 2015 

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Baby Blue Eyes in the desert

Nemophila menzesii bud with hairy calyx and stem in the Mojave Desert | March 14, 2015

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Baby Blue Eyes in the desert

Slightly blurry Nemophila menzesii bud in Pipes Canyon, CA. I'll do better with photography next time. | March 14 2015