California Blue Bells Facts
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California blue bells, also known as baby blue eyes, are annual plants, meaning new plants have to grow from seeds each year. They will bloom very early in warm climates and from spring to early summer in colder regions. California blue bells belong to the same family as Phacelia, Nemophila and Wigandia.
California blue bells reach a height of 6 to 18 inches. The flowers range from dark to light blue, are bell shaped and grow in clusters. The leaves are a deep green, heart shaped and covered in fine hairs.
California blue bells can grow in full sun or partial shade. They need well-drained, moist, but not wet organic soil. California blue bells are grown along the west coast of the United States. The area extends from the Pacific Ocean in the west to the eastern border of Washington state in the north and as far east as central Texas.
California blue bells should be planted in the spring or summer. In areas with mild winters, plant in the fall. In areas with colder winters, plant in the spring as soon as the ground is completely dry. Seedlings should be thinned to 6 to 12 inches apart.
California blue bells are easy to care for. Water regularly, feed with a slow release fertilizer when planted or with a water soluble fertilizer every three weeks. Stop fertilizing six weeks before the first frost.
California blue bells are used in borders, hanging baskets, containers, window boxes, rock gardens and as ground covers.
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