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Nemophila maculata
Flowers | Magnoliopsida

Scientific Name - Nemophila maculata Benth.

Synonyms -

Popular names - fivespot.

Distribution and Habitat - a species endemic in California, Nevada and Sierra Sacramento Valley provinces, increases from 0 to 3100 m altitude.

Description - herbaceous annual. Prostrata strain, juicy, glabra, 10-30 cm long. Leaves opposite, petiolate, ovate or oblong, base cunea, 0.8-2 x 0.3-0.8 cm, 5-9 lobes lanceolate, upper leaves are short petiole or sessile, toothed or entire, or hirsuta hispida. Pedunculated long flowers, calyx sepals lanceolate to triungular-ovate, 5-8 mm long, corolla 1.5-5 cm, white with purple veins and a spot at the tip of each petal, petals oblonglanceolare to obovate. Blooms in April-July. Fruit capsule, 4-6 mm diameter

Requirements - prefer rich soil, moist, well-drained, with exhibitionssunny or partially shaded.

Propagation - by seed, is sown in February-March, in greenhouses. Germinate in 7-21 days.

Properties and Uses - cultivated for ornamental purposes in all regions of the world.

Curiosity - like Nemophila includes 11 species of annual herbaceous originating in North America.

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