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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Blue-eyed Mary-Collinsia parviflora

It was just by chance that I saw a tiny bit of blue on the needle-carpeted ground and bent to find this diminutive plant, Maiden Blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia parviflora). It's a member of the Figwort Family (Scrophulariaceae), and as such, the blue and white dainty flower is bilaterally symmetrical.

The bottomsides of the leaves and the stems are reddish, and that can be a way to find these annual plants. The species name parviflora is Latin for small flower, and their are 19 species of Collinsia.

To learn more about blue-eyed Mary, click here

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