Pennie Black (Nemophila Discoidalis)
A superb, easy to grow annual with masses of small, 1 inch deep violet to black flowers that are edged with white. Perfect for containers, baskets, window boxes, or use it as an edging for borders or a ground cover plant.
Also Known As: Penny Black or Baby Black Eyes.
Ease of Growing: Easy
Grown as: Annual
Maturity (Blooms): Early spring to late summer
Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Medium
Beneficial Insects?: Yes. Attracts Bees & Butterflies and Hummingbirds.
Sow Depth: 1/8"
USDA Zone: 3a-9b
Produces: Masses of small, 1" deep violet to black flowers that are edged with white.
Garden Uses: Excellent choice for massed plantings, containers, and borders.
Five Spot (Nemophila maculata)
Nemophila maculata is a species of flowering plant in the Borage family, Boraginaceae. It is an annual herb that flowers in the spring, and it is endemic to California. In the wild it is found primarily in the Sierra foothills, but it is also planted extensively in gardens. The seeds are often included in wildflower mixes. The flowers are bowl-shaped consisting of five petals, white with dark veins and dots. The lobe tips are purple-spotted, leading to the common name. The corolla is 1 to 2 centimeters long and up to 5 centimeters wide. The leaves are up to 3 centimeters long and 1.5 wide, and are divided into several smooth or toothed lobes.
Poppy, California: Dwarf (Eschscholzia caespitosa)
Poppy, California: Carmine King (Eschscholzia californica)
Poppy, California: Golden West (Eschscholzia californica)
Poppy, California: Ivory Castle (Eschscholzia californica)
Poppy, California: Mikado (Eschscholzia californica)
Poppy, California: Orange (Eschscholzia californica)
Poppy, California: Purple Gleam (Eschscholzia californica)
Poppy, California: Red Chief (Eschscholzia californica)
Poppy, California: White Linen (Eschscholzia californica)
Clarkia: Deerhorn (Clarkia pulchella)
Chinese Houses (Collinsia heterophylla)
Bird's Eye (Gilia tricolor)
Lupine: Arroyo (Lupinus succulentus)
Lupine: Russell (Lupinus polyphyllus)
George Russell, a self-taught horticulturalist from Great Britain, produced this lovely hybrid in the early 1920’s after nearly two decades of cross-breeding and experimentation. On being honored by the Royal Horticultural Society for his achievement, Mr. Russell stated that all the really crucial work had been done by the humble little bees in his garden. The name Lupine comes from the Latin “lupus,” meaning wolf. This refers to the folk belief that this plant took nutrients from the soil. Ironically, this plant actually improves the soil because of its nitrogen fixing abilities.