Nemophila maculata (Fivespot) [15 Seeds]


Germination Information: As you may expect, this cool-season annual germinates best in cool temperatures, so I find it easiest to sow its seeds (about 1/8 inch deep) in a pot and set it outdoors in late winter to early spring; then they can sprout as soon as conditions are right. Or, you can start them indoors under lights in early to mid spring, but I suggest not using a heat mat. The last time I started the seeds indoors, I sowed on March 4 and they sprouted on March 11. (Your experience may vary.)

I’ll also note that self-sown seeds tend to start germinating here in October, and those seedlings are often in bloom by early May, peaking in mid to late May. My indoor-sown seedlings didn’t begin blooming until late May, with peak bloom through June.

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It took me way too long to catch on to the delights of cool-season annuals. It just seemed like a waste to put time and resources into starting and planting out something that would bloom for only a month or two and fizzle out once summer arrived. Fivespot (Nemophila maculata) is one of the species that made me realize what I’d been missing all those years. It’s a sweet little thing, producing low, loose mounds of scallop-edged, rich green leaves and cupped, white, purple-veined blooms that bear a dark purple-blue spot at the end of each of the five petals—hence the name “fivespot” (though, if you look carefully, you’ll notice that there can occasionally be six spots instead!). The total height was around 6 to 10 inches. It’s a wonderful way to fill otherwise empty spaces in beds or pots while you are waiting for the weather to warm up enough to plant out tropicals and heat-loving annuals. This California native is an excellent early food source for pollinators too. Here in my Pennsylvania garden, it grew fine in full sun, but it may last longer with morning sun and afternoon shade, or light all-day shade, in warmer areas. Annual.

Collected starting in early to mid July 2023. At least 15 seeds per packet. Shipping to US addresses only.

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