The Five Spot flower plant is a low-growing annual, that is great as a carpet or bedding plant. Native to the United States, it can be found growing naturally in meadows, by roadsides, and along woodlands. Growing Five Spot flowers is a snap. And soon your gardening pals will be asking you for seeds to plant in their flower garden
Five Spot gets its name from its flower. The bright white, one-inch flowers are, buttercup-shaped. Each of the five white petals has purple veins and a purple spot on the tip of the petal. It is a heavy bloomer from spring thru summer.
Try growing Five Spot in rock gardens, in the front of the flower bed, as a border edging, or in containers on your patio or deck.
Flowers Bloom: Spring thru summer.
Plant Height: 6” – 9″
Did You Know? The Latin name for this flower is Nemophila Maculata. “Maculata” means spotted.
Other Names: This plant is also called Buffalo Eyes.
Annual, Nemophila Maculata
Five Spot flowers are grown from seed. Directly sow seeds into your flower garden in the spring, after the danger of frost has past. You can also start them indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost in your area.
Sow Five Spot seeds, 1/8″ to 1/16″ fine, loose soil. Then, keep the soil moist, but not wet while the seeds germinate and sprout.
For outdoor plantings, mark the planting spot, as germination can take up to three weeks.
Days to Germination: 7 – 20 days.
Five Spot plants grow best in cool weather. Grow plants prefer full to partial sun. In hotter climates, grow them in partial shade.
Five Spot thrives in most soils. If grown in poor soil, mix compost into the soil before planting.
Fertilize plants every 6- 8 weeks, with a general-purpose fertilizer.
Water plants regularly, especially in hot, dry weather.
Keep plants well weeded in the early growth stage, to allow them to get well established. Then, apply a thick layer of mulch to keep weeds down, and to retain soil moisture.
Five Spot flowers are tender annuals, They will succumb to the first frost.
Ideal Soil pH: 6.5 – 7.5.
Perennial Five Spot plants seldom have insect or plant disease problems.