Collinsia verna (Blue-Eyed Mary) [20 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend blue-eyed Mary seeds only for very patient and careful gardeners, because it has a different growth cycle than many annuals. It is considered a “winter annual”: It drops its seeds in summer and they spout in fall, overwinter as small seedlings (very easy to mistake for weeds), and then fill out in bloom in spring. So, if you want to grow blue-eyed Mary, you have to sow in June to August in the spot where you want them to bloom next spring; make sure the site is open (not thickly mulched or leaf-covered) so they can sprout in fall, and remember not to accidentally pull them out or disturb them with other planting in that spot in early spring. Surface-sow or just barely cover the seeds when you scatter them. Once you get blue-eyed Mary to flower in your garden, it is likely to self-sow to some extent.

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Blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia verna) is such a charming little annual, gracing the spring garden with 12- to 18-inch-tall mounds of blue-and-white, lipped blooms. Native to parts of eastern and central North America, it is an early source of pollen and nectar for bees and some butterflies too. Here in my Pennsylvania garden, it started flowering in mid-April and is still going (though looks to be nearly finished) in late May. It grows best in partial shade with average to rich, moist but well-drained soil.

2021-collected seeds sold out. I hope to collect again in late May or early June 2022. At least 20 seeds per packet.

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