[The Genus Nemophila in the Columbia
River Gorge of Oregon and Washington]
Little-foot Nemophila, Meadow Baby-blue-eyes, Meadow Nemophila, Spreading Nemophila
Synonym: Viticella pedunculata
Close-up of the flower and lobed leaf of meadow nemophila as seen on moist grassy slopes in the Labyrinth, mid-Columbia River Gorge...........April 15, 2010.
Meadow nemophila is a small, easy to miss wildflower
with prostrate or procumbent stems up to 30 cm long. The stems are simple or
branched, usually mostly hairless. The leaves are opposite with with short hairs
lining the the margins of the winged petioles. The blades are deeply pinnatifid
and range from 6-25 mm long and 5-17 mm wide. Their are 2-3 pairs of rounded
The calyx lobes are 1.5-4 mm long. The flowers
are bell-shaped and 2-6 mm wide. The petals are pale lavender, or white marked
Meadow nemophila may be found in moist, open places,
including meadows and bottom lands.
Meadow nemophila may be found from southern Vancouver
Island south through western Washington and throughout Oregon and California
to parts of Baja California, and east to southern Idaho and Nevada.
In the Columbia River Gorge, it may be found between
the elevations of 100'-2200' from near Bingen, WA east to near Horsethief Lake
Additional views of meadow nemophila as seen on moist grassy slopes in the Labyrinth, mid-Columbia River Gorge...........April 15, 2010.
Close-ups of the calyx and developing fruit plus a stem leaf of meadow nemophila as seen in upper Swale Canyon, Klickitat Canyon..........May 8, 2010. Note the long auricles (projections which are reflexed backwards between the calyx lobes) which are at least one-half the length of the calyx lobes. Note also the slender lobes on the leaf.
The photo at left shows a basal rosette of leaves of meadow nemophila on the south-facing slopes of Sevenmile Hill........February 13, 2015.
The photo at center shows meadow nemophila blooming in vernally moist wetlands at the Four Sisters (Columbia Land Trust) near The Dalles, Oregon..........March 28, 2013. The photo at right shows shows meadow nemophila blooming a mile north on the south-facing slopes of Sevenmile Hill........March 8, 2015.
Meadow nemophila as seen (left) in moist prairie along the Memaloose Trail about one-quarter mile south of Old Highway 30 and one-half mile east of Marsh Cutoff Road, Columbia River Gorge..........February 7, 2016. The photo at right shows meadow nemophila near the same location along the Memaloose Trail..........March 2, 2016.
Meadow nemophila blooming at left in vernally moist swales along the eastern part of the loop of the Memaloose Trail about a quarter mile west of Dell Road, Wasco County, Oregon..........March 16, 2016. The photo at right shows meadow nemophila blooming at the same location but on April 21, 2017.
Seedlings of meadow nemophila observed along the Weldon Wagon Trail east of Husum, WA......January 9, 2021. The paired, oval-shaped seed leaves (cotyledons) are easily seen in both photos.
Seedlings of meadow nemophila sprouting in swales on USFS lands on the south side of Sevenmile Hill, Wasco County.......February 21, 2020.
Meadow nemophila blooming at left in vernally moist swales along the Memaloose Trail east of Mosier, OR......February 10, 2018. Meadow nemophila blooming in rocky meadows between Dell Road and Memaloose, eastern Columbia River Gorge......March 26, 2019.