#NPOD: Blue-Eyed Mary #Nativeplants

Blue-eyed Mary – Native Plant of the Day 10/21/2017
Photo from 6/15/2011. Location: Boise Foothills, Ada County, ID. >
More photos & info at the Collinsia parviflora detail page.

Blue-eyed Mary, Maiden Blue Eyed Mary, Smallflower Blue Eyed Mary - Collinsia parviflora

Maiden Blue Eyed Mary – Collinsia parviflora


Also NPOD 10/11/2011, 10/11/2012, 10/11/2013, 10/11/2014, 10/11/2015, 10/12/2016

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10 thoughts on “#NPOD: Blue-Eyed Mary #Nativeplants

  1. Sylvia Bales

    Does this flower come in a purple version? Here In Laramie County, Wyoming, we have something that looks very similar, but it is purple, not blue. Tiny, tiny flowers that look so much the same, leaves look the same, low-growing, and when it grows en masse, it looks like a purple haze. It gives us much delight this time of the year. I can’t find anyone who knows exactly what this wildflower is.

    1. Gerry Post author

      I’m a bad one to ask about nuances of color. Turner Photographics says “2 upper lobes purplish blue to white; 3 lower lobes deep purplish blue.” Those lower lobes sure look blue to me, but with a purple hue on the “white” parts. Variances in color form is pretty common in wildflowers, so it wouldn’t surprise me a lot if some colonies leaned more toward purple than blue.

  2. Sylvia Bales

    Thank you! They’re still blooming out there, with a purple haze around the plants. The flowers are actually white, with a purple line running through them. When the flowers are old the purple disappears.

    1. Gerry Post author

      Jim – The Collinsia genus is named for a Philadelphia botanist of the 18th and 19th centuries, Zaccheus Collins. While Mr. Collins was not party to discovery or publication of the genus, it is not unusual for the one who describes a genus to name it after someone who they highly respect.

  3. Pamela Bordieri Towler

    I am interested in growing this plant in my yard. I have not seen them in the woods/woodlands around my house but, even if I did I would NOT dig them up and attempt to transplant them. Is there any place I could purchase the plants or the seeds. I live in MA and, if my research is correct, it is best to plant the seeds in the summer for fall germination. I would appreciate any information you could give me in finding a source to purchase the seeds. Thank you.

  4. Lila

    I have seen these, I would really like to know where to get seed or plants. I like to landscape my yard with native flora as much as possible.


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