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Blue Eyes Cupflower

Nierembergia 'Blue Eyes'

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Blue Eyes Cupflower (Nierembergia 'Blue Eyes') at Culver's Garden Center

Blue Eyes Cupflower flowers

Blue Eyes Cupflower flowers

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Height:  10 inches

Spacing:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Brand:  Proven Winners

Description:

A mounded, trailing variety that produces cream blooms with yellow eyes and lavender blue rays; great for beds and mixed containers; exhibits good heat tolerance, but does need regular watering

Ornamental Features

Blue Eyes Cupflower has masses of beautiful creamy white cup-shaped flowers with yellow eyes and a blue ring at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its small narrow leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Blue Eyes Cupflower is a dense herbaceous annual with a trailing habit of growth, eventually spilling over the edges of hanging baskets and containers. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Blue Eyes Cupflower is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

Blue Eyes Cupflower will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. Although it's not a true annual, this fast-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Blue Eyes Cupflower is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. Because of its trailing habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Garden  Groundcover  Container  Basket 
Applications
Flowers  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features