Heliotropium curassavicum var. oculatum

Common name: Salt Heliotrope, Chinese Parsley, Seaside Heliotrope, Quail Plant

Heliotropium curassavicum var. oculatum (Seaside heliotrope, Salt heliotrope), Rancho Bernardo, California; July 2017.

Salt Heliotrope (Heliotropium curassavicum var. oculatum) is a perennial herb that often creeps along the side of trails. As far as I can see, we only have the variety oculatum here. It is generally quite low-growing; when it gets half a meter (1.5 feet) high, it is already exceptionally tall. I’ve observed it from May into August. This makes it one of the “summer joys” of San Diego County, when it adds little splashes of color and green to an otherwise drying landscape.

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Nemophila menziesii var. menziesii

Common name: Baby Blue Eyes

A small crowd of Nemophila menziesii var. menziesii ("big" Baby Blue Eyes), Escondido, California; March 2019.

This is the “companion” plant portrait to Nemophila menziesii var. integrifolia, hopefully showing nicely just how much the two varieties of this species differ, with regards to size and coloration of the flowers, and perhaps most of all the leaves. Because as mentioned in the other portrait: only seeing one of the two, it puzzled me how they’d be just a variety of one and the same species! :)

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