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Blue-eyed Mary, Maiden Blue Eyed Mary, Smallflower Blue Eyed Mary - Collinsia parviflora


Family: Plantaginaceae - Plantain family Genus Common Name: Blue Eyed Mary Native Status: NativeAnnual Herb
Collinsia parviflora - Blue-eyed Mary, Maiden Blue Eyed Mary, Smallflower Blue Eyed Mary. While there are a couple of Collinsia - Blue-eyed Mary - species found in the eastern United States, most of the 19 species found in the U.S. are western plants. Of those in the west, Collinsia parviflora has the broadest distribution, and is even found in a few eastern states, and throughout much of Canada.

Maiden Blue-eyed Mary is Threatened in Michigan.

Collinsia has recently been reclassified, moved from Scrophulariaceae - Figwort family - into Plantaginaceae - Plantain family.

Found in:
AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, MA, MI, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OR, PA, SD, UT, VT, WA, WY

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Collinsia parviflora

Distribution of Collinsia parviflora in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 28 Apr 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: Boise Foothills, Ada County, ID Date: 2010-June-15Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
Nikon D60
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
The tiny, 1/8th to 1/4 inch flowers have a corolla with an upper lip and a lower lip, each with two lobes. The petals on the lower lip are distinctly and beautifully blue. The upper lip extends the white of the corolla tube, the up-turned petals frequently with a touch of blue as well.
Collinsia parviflora

Site: Boise National Forest, Ada County, ID Date: 2011-June-10Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
The species epithet - parviflora - means "small-flowered," and this photo demonstrates that it is an appropriate name for this plant.
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Collinsia parviflora

Site: Boise National Forest, Ada County, ID Date: 2011-June-10Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
Blue-eyed Mary shares habitat with many other early spring wildflowers. In this case it is an Upland Yellow Violet (Viola praemorsa.)
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Collinsia parviflora

Site: Boise National Forest, Ada County, ID Date: 2011-June-10Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
Blue-eyed Mary frequently grows in large colonies. The flowers can look like tiny blue sparks all over the ground. The plant will frequently have reddish stems and leaves, as a red to lavender calyx.
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Collinsia parviflora

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