May 20, 2019

Give Me Five

Editor’s note: This week we are featuring heirlooms from The Heirloom Garden of Maine, located in Montville. Their expansive catalog offers an array of heirloom plants — some well-known and some obscure — that have graced gardens for centuries as much for their beauty as for their usefulness. You can view their catalog here and visit their website here.

Nemophila maculata- Five Spot

Nemophila maculata- Five Spot | Photo Courtesy of The Heirloom Garden of Maine

Native to California is Nemophila maculata, better known as Five Spot for the dot of purple at the tip of each of its five white petals. Those same petals have veins and smaller dots, too. This member of the borage family grows up to 12 inches in height and has a habit of spreading, making it ideal for the front of the border or for use in a container. Five Spot is endemic to California, meaning it is native only to that area, and mainly in higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada and Sacramento Valley.