Nemophila - Five Spot (Seeds)
An interesting looking annual that produces cup-shaped, 5-petalled pure white blossoms about 2.5 cm (1″) wide with each petal highlighted with a blue splotch on the tip – hence the name Five Spot! Flowers show up in profusion starting in late spring and continuing well into summer. This very fast growing plant prefers cooler weather and grows best in partial shade although it will perform well in direct sun in areas with a cooler summer. Five Spot is an introduced species that will sometimes self seed if the seed falls on bare ground. Height 20-30 cm (8-12″).
How to Grow
160 seed/gram. Sow seed indoors in a soil-less mix mid-March at 16 C (60 F). Cover seed very lightly. Germination averages 75 to 80%. After germination, grow on under lights then harden off and plant outside in a semi-shady location. Outdoors, direct sow seed in mid-May in rows or broadcast lightly. Thin seedlings to stand 20 cm (8″) apart in the garden. Seed can also be broadcast on the ground in late fall.