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Also called "Buffalo Eyes" this purple-spotted wildflower is happy in sun or part shade. To 1 ft, early season. Annual.

Zones 1 - 10
Extended Blooms
Extended Blooms
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 4-6 inches tall
Bloom Time Spring to summer

Plant Information

Also called “Buffalo Eyes”, this little western wildflower native has bright white petals marked with “five spots” of brilliant purple—one on each petal. Like its relative, Baby Blue Eyes, N. menziesii, Five Spot is so short, it is best appreciated in areas of a meadow where taller flowers don’t hide it.
Associated SKUs
NMMQP (1/4 Pound)
NMMLB (1 Pound)
Common Name Five Spot or Buffalo Eyes
Botanical Name Nemophila maculata
Seed Life Cycle Annuals
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Purple, White
Mature Height 4-6 inches tall
Bloom Time Spring to summer
Ships As Seed
Coverage 1/4 lb covers 311 sq ft.
1 lb covers 1,245 sq ft.
Seeds Per Pound 86,182
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Clay Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Native To North America
Native To California
Native Yes
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Advantages Native, Extended Blooms
Is It Storable? Yes - You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
Non-GMO Yes
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada Yes


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American MeadowsFive Spot Seeds

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Five Spot Demise


from Battle Ground, WA

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  • Long Bloom Time
  • Low Maintenance
  • Unique


    Best Uses

    • Border Control
    • Sidewalk Buffer

    Comments about American Meadows Five Spot Seeds:

    Broadcast the five eyes in the sidewalk buffer strip for an accent to our Krauter Vesuvius flowering plum. Our new neighbors decided to put in their own lawn. They forgot the water on all night and completely flooded the sidewalk strip. Figured the five eyes were history, but a few weeks later, we had clusters of flowers in strange, strategic spots. All the passers-by commented that they had never seen five-eyes before and they all liked it.


    cute little flower needs shade to bloom


    from Heber City, UT

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    • Long Bloom Time
    • Low Maintenance
    • Pest Resistant


      Best Uses

      • Containers
      • Large Areas
      • Raised Beds

      Comments about American Meadows Five Spot Seeds:

      cute little flowers are quite hardy although they appear delicate. Although the description suggests high water needs, this is not the case. I live in the arid mountains of UT at nearly 8000 ft and they came in nicely in our beds. They came in one of AM great seed mixes and we were delighted when these cute little cups emerged I came hunting for the variety in the website.

      A couple of notes - these have not done well in areas where there is a lot of competition from other plants. Although the foliage has emerged in many areas, these have bloomed best in prepared areas of loose soil that receives shade all morning. We have a sandy loam with quite a bit of organic matter and will be buying more of these cuties!

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      Just a few blooms.


      from Princeton, NJ

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        • Not many blooms
        • Short Bloom Time

        Best Uses

          Comments about American Meadows Five Spot Seeds:

          Love the idea of these in the lawn, but these yielded very few blooms that I could see. I spread liberally in April and again in May in a lawn with bald spots where I expected these to flourish. About 3 to 6 hours of sun per day depending on the spot.

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          USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

          To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

          • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
          • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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