How to Care for Baby Blue Eyes


Baby blue eyes, or Nemophila menziesii, is a wildflower commonly found in California and Southern Oregon. It's an annual that blooms in the early spring in warm areas and the spring to early summer in cooler regions. The bloom colors include white to light blue and bright blue, but they are short-lived flowers. They grow to be 8 to 10 inches high. This wild flower is to care for, as long as it's planted in an appropriate spot.

Step 1

Plant baby blue eyes in borders, rock gardens or window boxes--as long as they are in shady areas. They prefer partial sun, rather than full sun.

Step 2

Add sand and organic matter to the soil to create the mixture the annual prefers. They will not grow well in heavy clay settings.

Step 3

Thin plants to 6 to 12 inches apart periodically. This will enable them to thrive.

Step 4

Keep the soil moist at all times, but do not overwater. The annual has average moisture needs. If you plant baby blue eyes in hanging baskets, water them regularly or they will die off.

Step 5

Deadhead the flowers if you don't want volunteer seedlings next year.

Tips and Warnings

  • Baby blue eyes don't work well as cut flowers.

Things You'll Need

  • Sand
  • Organic matter


  • Flower Essence Society
  • Earthly Goods
  • Dave's Garden
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