Collinsia verna (Blue-Eyed Mary)

Collinsia verna (Blue-Eyed Mary) on 4-27-20, #692-1.

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Collinsia verna

kol-IN-see-uh  VER-nuh

Synonyms of Collinsia vernaCollinsia alba Raf., Collinsia bicolor Raf., Collinsia tricolor Raf., Linaria tenella F.Dietr.

Collinsia verna Nutt. is the correct and accepted scientific name for Blue-Eyed Mary. The genus and species were named and described by Thomas Nuttall in Journal of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia in 1817. 

Plants of the World Online lists 21 species of Collinsia (as of 5-1-20 when I am updating this page). It is a member of the Plantaginaceae Family with a total of 106 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made. This species was formerly in the Scrophulariaceae (Figwort) Family.

Distribution map of Collinsia verna from Plants of the World Online. Facilitated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; http://www.plantsoftheworldonline.org/. Retrieved on May 1, 2020.

The distribution map above for Collinsia verna is from Plants of the World Online. The map on the USDA Plants Database for North America is similar but doesn’t include Texas or Alabama as of 5-1-20.

There are several links at the bottom of the page for further reading and better plant ID.

Collinsia verna (Blue-Eyed Mary) on 4-27-20, #692-2.

I found a HUGE colony of Collinsia verna growing on a friend’s farm outside of town when I exploring for wildflowers and Morels on April 27 (2020). It was my first time to visit this area and my first siting of this species.

 

 

Collinsia verna (Blue-Eyed Mary) on 4-27-20, #692-3.

 

 

Collinsia verna (Blue-Eyed Mary) on 4-27-20, #692-4.

 

 

Collinsia verna (Blue-Eyed Mary) on 4-27-20, #692-5.

 

 

Collinsia verna (Blue-Eyed Mary) on 4-27-20, #692-6.

 

 

Collinsia verna (Blue-Eyed Mary) on 4-27-20, #692-7.

 

 

Collinsia verna (Blue-Eyed Mary) on 4-27-20, #692-8.

 

 

Collinsia verna (Blue-Eyed Mary) on 4-27-20, #692-9.

 

 

Collinsia verna (Blue-Eyed Mary) on 4-27-20, #692-10.

 

 

Collinsia verna (Blue-Eyed Mary) on 4-27-20, #692-11.

 

 

Collinsia verna (Blue-Eyed Mary) on 4-27-20, #692-12.

 

 

Collinsia verna (Blue-Eyed Mary) on 4-27-20, #692-13.

I kind of think as the flowers get older they change to a purplish shade. I also read somewhere that the flowers persist after setting fruit. I am not sure whether there is a bug in its throat or if that is seed. LOL! The above photo also seems to be showing the fifth petal…

 

Collinsia verna (Blue-Eyed Mary) on 4-27-20, #692-14.

 

 

Collinsia verna (Blue-Eyed Mary) on 4-27-20, #692-15.

I have enjoyed photographing and learning about the many wildflowers growing on the farm and other areas. My farm is in Windsor, Missouri in Pettis County (Henry County is across the street and Benton and Johnson aren’t far away). I have grown over 500 different plants and most have pages listed on the right side of the blog. I am not an expert, botanist, or horticulturalist. I just like growing, photographing and writing about my experience. I rely on several websites for ID and a horticulturalist I contact if I cannot figure them out. Wildflowers can be somewhat variable from location to location, so sometimes it gets a bit confusing. If you see I have made an error, please let me know so I can correct what I have written.

I hope you found this page useful and be sure to check the links below for more information. They were written by experts and provide much more information. Some sites may not be up-to-date but they are always a work in progress. If you can, I would appreciate it if you would click on the “Like” below and leave a comment. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. You can also send an email to me at thebelmontrooster@yahoo.com. I would enjoy hearing from you especially if you notice something is a bit whacky

NOTE: Plants of the World Online is the most up-to-date database. It is very hard for some to keep with name changes these days so you may find a few discrepancies between the websites. Just be patient. Hopefully, someday they will be in harmony. 🙂

FOR FURTHER READING:
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
WORLD FLORA ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
WIKIPEDIA (GENUS/SPECIES)
USDA PLANTS DATABASE
MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN
MISSOURI PLANTS
iNATURALIST
WILDFLOWERSEARCH.ORG
DAVE’S GARDEN
ILLINOIS WILDFLOWERS
LADY BIRD JOHNSON WILDFLOWER CENTER
CLAY AND LIMESTONE