Nemophila menziesii ‘penny black’
Black nemophila, ‘Penny Black’ or ‘Baby Black Eyes’
A sweet and rampantly blooming annual that frequently reseeds itself, this delightful hybrid of the California Native Baby Blue Eyes (of the same botanical name, Nemophilia menziesii) is a must-grow for the pirate’s garden. Little cup-like, black and white flowers. This little lovely looks amazing in containers, hanging baskets, or as a gothically-minded border plant. It grows about 8” wide by up to 12” across and thrives in all USDA zones as a spring and summer bloomer. Sunset zones 1-24. Likes sun to part sun. A word of caution for those of you in coastal climates where the summer means fog: this plant is prone to powdery mildew and should go in the sunniest possible place in your garden. Hotter inland gardeners can place it in the more dappled light of their sunnier shade beds.
Bay Area gardeners: Look for the plants at Annie’s Annuals in the early Spring through Summer or check out Sloat Garden Center.
I believe the seeds are available through Botanical Interests, but you need to start them in March or so to get a summer bloomer.
If you’ve had luck with these beauties or know where readers can pick them up feel free to comment and let us know!