Most of the species in Nemophila contain the phrase "baby blue eyes" in their common names. Nemophila menziesii has the common name of "baby blue eyes". Nemophila parviflora is called the "small-flowered baby blue-eyes" and Nemophila spatulata called the "Sierra baby blue eyes". An exception to this naming tendency is Nemophila maculata, whose common name is fivespot.
Nemophila species are mainly native to the western United States.