• WordNet 3.6
    • n nemophila any plant of the genus Nemophila
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nemophila A genus of ornamental plants of the gamopetalous order Hydrophyllaceæ and the tribe Hydrophylleæ, known by the included stamens and the calyx with appendages; the grove-love. There are 7 or 8 species, natives of North America, chiefly of California: they are tender hairy annuals with dissected leaves and blue, white, or spotted bell-shaped flowers. They form beautiful garden-plants, sometimes called Californian blue-bell. Among the species is N. insignis, with a pure-blue corolla an inch broad.
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In literature:

And there was always mignonette and nemophila in window-boxes, so sweet in the evening air?
"Bluebell" by Mrs. George Croft Huddleston
Before us is a field of blue nemophilas.
"Life at Puget Sound: With Sketches of Travel in Washington Territory, British Columbia, Oregon and California" by Caroline C. Leighton
Last year we tried with the Nemophila, but we were too soon, and the frost caught us and destroyed our plants.
"A Year in a Lancashire Garden" by Henry Arthur Bright