Canyon Nemophila,  Nemophila heterophylla

Early bloomer.  Five small petals united in a bowl shape, weak stems.  Low plants often massed on grassy, shady slopes.  While distinct from popcorn flower, both have small white flowers and from a distance the flowers look very similar.  However, they can be distinguished from a distance because popcorn flowers grow on tall stems while canyon nemophila hugs the ground.

Notes:  Nemos from the Greek meaning wooded pasture or meadow, Phila from the Greek meaning lover of.  Our species is white to pale blueŚrelated to Baby Blue Eyes.

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Kingdom Plantae -- Plants 
    Subkingdom Tracheobionta -- Vascular plants 
        Superdivision Spermatophyta -- Seed plants 
            Division Magnoliophyta -- Flowering plants 
                Class Magnoliopsida -- Dicotyledons 
                    Subclass Asteridae 
                        Order Solanales 
                            Family Hydrophyllaceae -- Waterleaf family 
                                Genus Nemophila Nutt. -- baby blue eyes 
                                    Species Nemophila heterophylla Fisch. & C.A. Mey.  
                                    -- small baby blue eyes

 Canyon Nemophila,  Nemophila heterophylla


 Canyon Nemophila,  Nemophila heterophylla


 Canyon Nemophila,  Nemophila heterophylla