The wildflower is found on slopes in elevations between 20–1,000 metres (66–3,281 ft). It is most common in the Sierra Nevada, Sacramento Valley, and the California Coast Ranges in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The flowers are bowl-shaped, white with dark veins and dots. The lobe tips are purple-spotted. The corolla is 1 to 2 centimeters long and up to 5 centimeters wide. The flowers' spots, giving the common name fivespot, attracts its primary pollinators, which are solitary bees. Male and female bees feed on the nectar and females collect pollen to feed their larvae.
- Calflora Database: Nemophila maculata (baby blue eyes)
- Jepson Flora Project (1993): Nemophila maculata
- Nemophila maculata — UC Photos gallery
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