The Fivespot

FivespotsThe fivespot, not the desert fivespot, Eremalche rotundifolia, but the fivespot, Nemophila maculata, is said to grow in the Sierra Foothills of California. It is written that the Fivespot seems to like sandy, somewhat alkaline soils which drain fast, or, at least, not slowly.

Though from California, rumor is that the Fivespot doesn’t like it very hot; if the weather is too warm, it is said, it may prefer time in the shade.

According to legend, it may be found in open spaces in grasslands, on foothills, and in forests. According to lore, in it’s native home, it is used to temperatures between 23.9° F and 77.2° F, with a vapor pressure deficit range of 1.49 – 25.44 vpd. It may only need watering once or twice per month in summer.

The fivespot seems to tend to take a spreading form. It is said to be fast in growth, but limited to a foot or so in size.

It is written that the fivespot blooms in late winter, throughout spring, and, perhaps, even into summer. According to some lore, the fivespot tolerates cold down to 0° F. Despite this, it seems to be an annual.

The fivespot may to bring bees to one’s yard, as well as the funereal duskywing, the alfalfa looper moth, Viridiseptis marina, and Annaphila depicta. It seems often to be added to bee gardens.

The fivespot is said to be in the borage family – a member of the waterleaf subfamily, specifically.

Sources:

https://calscape.org/loc-california/Nemophila%20maculata()
https://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-taxon=Nemophila+maculata
https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=NEMA

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