Omphalodes cappadocica ‘starry eyes’ has been in our garden for over 10 years. We use it as a ground cover. It reminds me a lot of ‘forget me nots’ but it is much neater, perennial and the bloom is a bit out of the ordinary. We first saw and bought it at Heronswood, years ago, when it still had the amazing gardens in Washington State. There are several sources online, we have not had good experience with Heronswood, since it was purchased by Burpee.
This beautiful spring blooming perennial grows in shady to semi shady areas in our garden. Soil is average. It grows to a height of about 12″, and continues to spread into larger clumps every year. I remove (and usually give to friends) the little plantlets that grow off the sides of the clumps to keep it from getting too large. It has proven to be hardy to about 8 degrees. It blooms for several weeks and makes a very nice ground cover beyond the bloom time. Slugs can be a problem in very wet weather but it doesn’t seem to be their favorite.I love this plant in our garden because it is a consistent performer, needs no special care and is not a menu item for slugs, snails, rabbits, deer and elk.
It’s worth the research to find a place to buy one. I’ve never seen it at a nursery, but we are going to several new ones today, maybe I’ll have something different to report later. 😉
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