Regularity: Regularly occurring
National NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded National Status Rank: N5 - Secure
It grows virtually throughout California at elevations from sea level up to almost 6,500 feet (2,000 m). It grows in many types of habitats, including chaparral, valley grasslands, and montane locales. 
Nemophila menziesii is variable in appearance. The leaves are lobed and oppositely arranged. The flowers are blue or white.
- Nemophila menziesii var. atomaria has white flowers with black dots, often with a faint blue tint or blue veins in the corolla. It is found on coastal bluffs or grassy slopes in Oregon, Northwestern California, the Central Coast of California, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
- Nemophila menziesii var. integrifolia has blue flowers, with black dots at the center and deep blue veins. It is found in grasslands, canyons, woodlands, and slopes in the Central Coast, southern Coast Ranges, southwestern California, east of the Sierra Nevada range, and into the Mojave Desert and Baja California
- Nemophila menziesii var. menziesii has bright blue flowers with white centers that are generally dotted with black. It is found virtually throughout California, in meadows, grasslands, chaparral, woodlands, slopes, and desert washes, but it does not occur above 5200 feet (1600 meters).
Nemophila menziesii 'Penny Black', Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
- Jepson eFlora treatment of Nemophila menziesii
- Calflora Database: Nemophila menziesii (baby blue eyes)
- USDA Plants Profile for Nemophila menziesii (baby blue eyes)
- CalPhotos - Nemophila menziesii
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Names and Taxonomy
Comments: Considered to be comprised of three varieties (Kartesz 1999; Hickman 1993).
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