Spring Flowers

Asked April 26, 2018, 10:20 AM EDT

A couple of weeks ago some of our spring flowers have started to bloom. However, we aren't sure what they are. One of the flowers is blooming alongside our black-eyed Susan plants. They are about 12 inches tall and have pink blooms that are about half an inch wide (I included a picture). The other flower has grown to 5 inches tall and has blue blooms that are 7/8 of an inch wide (I also included a picture of these). The blue ones were part of a wildflower seed packet. I was hoping you guys could help us identify what they are.

Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

The plant with the pink flower is Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum). It's a pretty plant, but spreads very easily and fast. The seeds are forcibly ejected 20 feet away from the plant. This article gives information on the plant and how to control it. Herb Robert Management https://your.kingcounty.gov/dnrp/library/water-and-land/weeds/BMPs/Herb-Robert-Control.pdf

The plant with the blue flower is baby blue eyes (Nemophilia menziesii), a lovely wildflower that blooms in early spring. It is native to California, but also grows in Oregon. It prefers filtered sunlight with some shade and light, dry soil. By summer taller-blooming wildflowers will take over. This article tells of its charm. Baby Blue Eyes https://www.anniesannuals.com/plants/view/?id=716. This article gives information on caring for the plant, Growing and Caring for Baby Blue Eyes https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/baby-blue-eyes/baby-blue-eyes-plant.htm. You might want to collect the seed pods to grow next year.