Nemophila


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Nemophila

(nəmŏf`ələ): see waterleafwaterleaf,
common name for the Hydrophyllaceae, a family of herbs and some shrubs, widely distributed but especially abundant in W and SW North America. Best known in the United States are the waterleafs (genus Hydrophyllum
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Convolvulus Ipomoea, Sweet Pea, Morning Glory, Borage, Lobelia, Viola, Salvia Patens, Nigella, Ageratum, Nemophila, Centaurca, Brachycome, Anchusa Iris, Geranium, Meconopsis, Gentian, Tradescantia, Scabious.
3 Some good choices include Brachycome iberidifolia, Mimulus, Calendula, Agrostemma (corncockle) Matthiola, Cosmos (Cosmea), Salvia horminium, Nigella, Clarkia, Godetia, Lavatera trimestris, Helichrysum, some ornamental grass mixes such as bunny's ears, sunflowers, love-liesbleeding, sweetpeas, Nemophila, Gilia, Gypsophila, candytuft, poppies, Linara, Linum grandiflora and Limonthes douglasii.
Brenzel's favorite plants for attracting beneficial insects - such as parasitic wasps, lace wings and hover flies - are: common fennel, of lacy leaves and anise fragrance; rue, the finely cut, if foul-scented, blue-leafed herb; cosmos, the frilly leafed, somewhat gangly annual with white, pink and mauve petaled daisy flowers; coreopsis, the yellow-orange petaled daisy; achillea, better known as yarrow; nemophila or baby blue eyes, suitable for bright shade; Lychnis coronaria, a drought-tolerant, gray-leafed plant with brilliant contrasting blooms in red or pink; Agrostemma, or corn cockle, an ornamental weed with purple-spotted, magenta-pink petals.
Easily observed trailside flowers include several species of brodiaea, California Indian pink, narrow-leafed iris, blue delphinium, wild ginger, wild mock orange, foothill pink phlox, yellow cat's ear, woodland pea, white fairy lantern, and white nemophila.
Try sunflowers, calendula, Californian poppy, Linum, Agrostemma, Nasturtium, Limnanthese, Cosmodium, Nigella, Virginian stock, Gaillardia, gypsophila elegans, Lavatera trimestris, Lychnis viscaria, night scented stock, Nemophila menziesii, candytuft, Godetia, Convolvulus tricolor, clarkia and cornflower.
Some of my favourites for direct sowing like this include cornflowers, love-in-a-mist, flax, candytuft, pot marigolds (Calendula officinalis), Lavatera trimestris (annual mallow), Malope, Nemophila (baby blue eyes) and mignonette.
Hanging basket collection: Swan River daisy, lobelia, nasturtium, verbena, sweet pea and nemophila.
Suitable seeds: Adonis, Anchusa, Centaurea (cornflower/sweet sultan), Clarkia, Convolvulus, Delphinium consolida (larkspur), Echium, Eschscholzia californica (Californian poppy) Godetia, Helianthus (sunflower), Helichrysum (everlastings), Lavataera trimestris (annual mallow), Linaria (toadflax), Linum (flax), Malcomia maritima (Virginian stock), Nemophila insignis (baby blue eyes), Nigella (Love-in-a-mist), Papaver (poppy), Heseda odorata (mignonette).