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Its dense form makes its strong blue color stand out very nicely. It is reported to be not as cold hardy as most plants in this species, reported to suffer winter die back in USDA Zone 3. After 10 years of growth, a mature plant will measure 5.5 feet (1.8 m) tall and 3 feet (1 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 6 to 8 inches (15 - 20 cm).
This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in 1972 by Verl Holden Nurseries, Silverton, Oregon, USA. Curiously, Holden patented (U.S. Plant Patent 5457 1985) the seedling under the peculiar name, "Baby Blueyes." This name never gained traction in the nursery trade, where it is universally seen listed as 'Baby Blue Eyes.' Conifer enthusiasts should also be aware of a conifer in the market called Baby blue eyes pungens Baby Blue®. These plants are seedlings of Picea pungens 'Glauca' and as such, will all be slightly different from each other and not appropriate for cultivar status.
Confusing that matter further is the fact that Picea pungens 'Glauca' has become a generic name for any Colorado Blue spruce. It's simply not possible that all P. pungens 'Glauca' originated from the same clone. Picea pungens 'Baby Blue Eyes' / Baby Blue Eyes Colorado spruce RECOMMENDED HARDINESS ZONES: 3 (-30 to -40 F / -34.4 to -40 C) HORTICULTURAL STATUS: Established ORIGIN: Seedling Selection COLOR: Blue TRINOMIAL TYPE: Cultivar GROWTH SHAPE: Conical (Pyramidal) GROWTH SIZE: Intermediate: 6 to 12 inches (15 – 30 cm) per year / 5 to 10 feet (1.5 – 3 m) after 10 years Download QR code image to use on plant tags Explore other Picea pungens trinomial × Support the ACS This database was developed and is maintained by dedicated volunteers.
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Does that rule apply to all miniatures? Example: Pinus parviflora 'Blue Angel' Plant, "Average landscape size: Slow growing; reaches 7 to 8 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide." OR Cryptomeria japonica 'Black Dragon'Average landscape size: Slowly reaches 6 to 7 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide; ultimately 10 ft.
tall. Does this mean 'ultimately' really does not mean it won't grow taller, so it just means it's not really a miniature, just baby blue eyes sales job to get you to buy. I am trying not to get cynical. I just want to get a tree that will fit my small yard landscape and not end up as a chopped off 20 inch wide stump with small branches.
(chainsaw) So, does one simply prune the tree for decades to keep it small like a bonzi and baby blue eyes works because a "miniature" conifer is just a slow grower that does not have to be pruned as frequently? Thanks again for your answer, since I am obviously clueless and would like to become better informed. (A good book would help.) I absolutely love trees, nature and landscaping entirely.
If you saw my property, you would know and understand my frustration. Thanks Hi Ken, look at the terms dwarf and miniature in terms of growth rate rather than size. If it grows an inch or less a year, it's a miniature. From there, just do the math. At an inch per year, it'll take forever to get to 50' tall. BTW, 'Blue Angel' is definitely not a miniature. I've seen them grow 2' per year. The thing with parvs is that the growers to a lot of candeling to them when they're young to make the dense and bushy.
Most homeowners don't continue the practice and complain when their cute little tree is suddenly big, massive baby blue eyes rangy. David and Ron, I want to thank you both for your replies. Perhaps my answer is to find a very good reference/ information baby blue eyes on care and pruning of conifers in Zone 6.
I will look for "Gardening With Conifers" - Adrian Bloom. Thanks Ron. For now to replace my dead Serbian Spruce A Picea pungens 'Baby Blue Eyes' should be a good choice for my situation, right?? I was a member of the American Conifer Society, but let baby blue eyes membership expire.
I will probably now renew. What is the easiest way?? I bought a "Bakeri" colorado spruce from a local nursery about 4 years ago (balled and burlap). It is doing extremely well in my zone 6b, which has clay soil that I amended.
It is exposed to full sun and wind. I'm no expert, and have bought and planted 8 different dwarf evergreens in my small front and back yard. All species have done well so far the last 3-4 years they've been planted, with the exception of 2 very small potted Japanese cedars I bought 4 years baby blue eyes (in March).
They were doing pretty well until this year, the branches started turning rust color and dying. The nursery owner said they were dead from frost, but my research did reveal a disease that caused the die back. I cut off the diseased parts, what's left looks odd, but I'm waiting to see if they will resume growth next year. You can always find info on the internet. We've had a beautiful 'Baby Blue Eyes' for about 20 years now.
It's planted near a creek with partial sun, in a bed among plants such as cotoneasters, lilies, and spirea. It does not seem to suffer from the same fungal problems that younger and baby blue eyes Colorado spruces (in full sun) that we have do.
This older 'Baby Blue Eyes' also still has a full skirt to the ground and is just baby blue eyes prettiest conifer we've ever had. Are the 'Baby Blue Eyes' resistant to the fungal diseases, or have we just been lucky? (We are Zone 4-5, central Iowa.) Thank you! I purchased a 'Baby Blue Eyes' spruce from Monrovia about 3 months ago and I live in Oklahoma. Presently I have not planted it but it will be in full sun; it has new growth since receiving it and looks great.
We have humidity here but I'm hoping I can keep the fungus under control, I read an article by Barry Fugate that spruce doesn't do well here, I trust Daconil is the product to use.
I've planted 2 "Baby Blue Eyes" this year in May. Both took off very nicely and had a very healthy growth. Now, in the middle of September, one of them seems to be a little sad, some needles dried out and fell off the tree. I live in Colorado, trees planted in full sun. We don't have a lot of moisture in this area, but I water the trees regularly. Should I worry? Looking for (well, thought I was.) a dwarf size silver conifer as part of a long-range landscape plan for an open area in front of a very large, wood sided garage as a backdrop.
Fell in love with photos of Baby Blue Eyes and it seems to check off all my new, but limited knowledge, of what kind of conifer I should be looking for. Until I read your humidity/fungal comments above. Zone 5a, mountains of WV, 2,500 feet, yes, a lot of humidity throughout a good part of the year as we are in a long valley trapping in the moisture. Wrong choice? Better ideas? Or skip conifers completely? We are out on a mostly flat 35 acre working pasture that is green about 85% of the year.
(Unless freshly mowed for hay or covered in snow.) New house is wheat yellow with white trim. Grays, whites, red and green look best for landscaping. Looking for a single "statement" tree in front of garage with year-round appeal. Oddly anything in orange/brown tones (i.e. fall color change) looks dull near house so very interested in a conifer (or?) there and other possible landscaping areas. Thoughts? 11 months ago I wrote a post mentioning a Baby Blue Eyes I purchased from Monrovia it is still in the original pot.
I have a dwarf Alberta Spruce in the drip line of my River Birch which gets South exposure, it has been there for about 8 years and doing beautifully. I have made the decision to plant my Baby Blue Eyes in the fall; it has been in the pot outside through a very hard winter, I did pull it inside during the most extreme cold, I hope it will be adjusted for Tulsa, zone 7 and will be in the drip line of my Lace Bark Elm with South exposure. It is showing new growth at this time. I'm trying to avoid the West sun it is very hot in Okla.
Baby changes rapidly in that first year, so if your child was born with those baby blues, you’ll probably wonder w ill they change color—or will they stay blue? When do babies eyes change color? On this page… • When do babies eyes change color? • Can you tell if baby’s eyes are going to change color? • What color eyes will my baby have? • Eye Color Chart When Do Babies Eyes Change Color?
If your child is born with those baby blues, you’ll probably wonder when do babies eyes change color? Will they change color—or will they stay blue? It can take as long as 9 to 12 months for your baby’s permanent eye color to be determined and the change is so gradual, you might not even notice it happening. But by baby’s first birthday, you can be pretty sure whatever big eyes are staring down that smash cake are the ones they’ll have for life. “Though some babies’ eye color changes rapidly with the onset of melanin, most infants undergo significant changes between six and nine months of age.
This phenomenal occurrence happens once the iris has stored enough pigment to influence subtle changes like blue to grey, green to hazel, hazel to brown and so on.”( source) Keep in mind that eye color generally gets darker, not lighter. Your brown-eyed girl isn’t likely to become blue-eyed baby blue eyes in life. But your blue-eyed boy may very well end up with green or even brown eyes. Curious about baby’s eyesight? See our article on when babies can see. Can You Tell if Baby’s Eyes Are Going to Change Color?
As noted above, if baby is born with brown eyes, he/she will almost certainly have those brown eyes for life. If baby has blue eyes, baby blue eyes simple (but not foolproof!) trick can help determine whether or not they’ll stay that way. ( source) • Look at baby’s eye from the side to eliminate any light reflecting off the iris.
• If there are flecks of gold in the blue of the eye, your baby’s eyes will likely change to either green or brown as they grow. • If there are minimal or no flecks of gold, it’s less likely your baby’s eye color will change much.
Another indicator? If baby’s eyes are clear, bright blue, they are most likely staying blue. If they are a darker, cloudier blue, they are most likely going to change to hazel, brown, or a darker color. Get free updates on baby’s first year! – Free Updates on First Year [In-article] Sign me up! What Color Eyes Will My Baby Have? There’s no way to know for sure what color eyes your little one will have. Recent research suggests there’s a lot more than parents’ eye color that affects baby’s eye color, but you can generally expect: • Two blue-eyed parents to have a blue-eyed child.
• Two brown-eyed parents to have a child with brown eyes. Eye Color Chart Want to dig deeper? Check out this post for a cool eye color chart baby blue eyes a better idea of what color eyes your baby will have.
About the Author Genevieve Howland is a childbirth educator and breastfeeding advocate. She is the bestselling author of The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth and creator of the Mama Natural Birth Course. A mother of three, graduate of the University of Colorado, baby blue eyes YouTuber with over 85,000,000 views, she helps mothers and moms-to-be lead baby blue eyes and more natural lives. My eyes are like my Dads. The were brown when I was young. But in adulthood, the have become more and more hazel the older I am.
My moms are blue, and both sisters are blue. My husband are dark brown. His moms are black, his dads are blue. I have 8 kids. 7 with brown to dark brown, and a 3 month old that looks like maybe they might go blue. I hope!!!! Eye color is all based on genetics and I do not see that mentioned at all in this post. I believe this needs to be included and mention that the eye color percentages are only a *general* guide, being that each persons genetical makeup is different.
Brown eye color is dominant so if a child receives the gene for brown eyes from either mom or dad, they will have brown eyes regardless of the other gene (being recessive or dominant). The confusing part is that not everyone knows what two genes they received, particularly genes received from brown eyed parents (Having children can help to reveal this).
A person’s eye color that is displayed only reveals one of the two genes. This post seems very anecdotal and I think the scientific part of this conversation needs to be mentioned, especially if people are interested in learning more on the subject. I have dark brown eyes, my husband has bright blue eyes.
All 4 of our children were born with black eyes. Now we have 1 hazel eyed child, 1 green eyed child, 1 blue and our 4 month old currently has blue eyes too. I was hoping for at least one of my children too look like me but I’m thinking I’m out of luck. I have brown eyes and my baby blue eyes father has dark brown eyes as well. However, my daughter was born with blue eyes that got lighter. She’s now 1year 7months and her eyes are blueish gray with the flecks of gold when looking from the side (as pointed out in the article).
My mom has beautiful hazel eyes and I have great-uncles and cousins with blue eyes, so no idea if my daughter’s eyes will remain blue/gray or change color. Any ideas? My eyes went from blue to hazel my first year. But as I got baby blue eyes, the color got lighter and more and more blue. By 4th grade you would look at them and say they were certainly green and not hazel.
Then the green started turning more blue. Now in my 30’s, they’ve turned a light sea green/blue. However I still have the original gold ring around the pupil from when they were hazel. My brothers eyes are the exact same as mine except a little more blue. My eyes stayed blue until I was 2 years old, but they were a darker blue. My 4 month old girl however has brighter blue eyes so I am curious to see if she keeps them.
Her paternal grandmother has blue eyes and my husband and I have greenish/hazel eyes. My mothers siblings also have bright blue eyes.
We shall see! I was born with baby blues (mum has blue, dad has hazel) but during primary school my eyes would change colour each day (blue, to green to hazel) each day was a different eye colour until they stopped. I now have hazel eyes with more yellow than usual and a dark blue ring around the outside. My fiancé also has hazel eyes but his sometimes look light brown. We’ve just welcomed our daughter into the world and she had dark blue eyes at birth but now at almost 3 weeks she has bluey/green eyes but they look more towards green, which means she’s going baby blue eyes have a similar colour to my fiancé.
Me and my boyfriend have 4 kids together 2 boys and 2 girls… my boyfriend is black and has dark brown eyes and I have hazel/green eyes… our first born son has brown eyes… our 2nd/ baby blue eyes had the bluest of eyes when born now she is 1 and a half and has bluish green hazel eyes that change color like mine… then I had boy girl twins who are now almost 4 months old… my baby boy has dark brown eyes and my baby girl has the lightest blue eyes again… all of my kids are beautiful I love em all My children were both born with bluish gray eyes.
Every day they became more and more gray. From the time they were 2 months until they were almost 2 years, they had gray eyes. Then they got brown speckles in their eyes and by the time they were 2, they had brown eyes. My grandchildren had dark brown eyes as soon as they were born. My husband and I are both blue eyed and our firstborn has brown eyes… And since everyone’s ‘knows’ that blue+blue = blue, some snide comments have been made by some judgmental people….
But after further digging, I have discovered that scientists now believe that it is possible for blue +blue = brown because there is more than one gene that determines so eye color (so the traditional Punnet’s square we learned doesn’t quite work in this situation)… I was thrilled to learn this and to inform a particularly rude family member….
And I love my childs beautiful brown eyes. Always fun to guess. Husband has hazel eyes and mine are light brown. Oldest son came out with the most beautiful piercing dark brown eyes, so brown they almost look like black, our second one is 6 months and has pale blue / grayish eyes that look aquamarine when outside… So who knows … I guess we will have to keep waiting 🙂 Mama Natural, Thanks for all the wonderful resources you bring.
I read your story on Faith from this 3 Things for Friday. Beautiful. I was checking this out, and on the image the blue + blue eyes are supposed to show 99% blue and 1% green right? I think it got switched around but the text in the article is correct. I have blue eyes and my husband has dark brown eyes and we have three children together. Our firstborn had dark gray eyes at birth and now has very brown eyes and brown hair.
Our second child had red hair at birth and light gray eyes. Now eyes are light blue and hair is strawberry blonde.
And our third had grayish blue eyes at birth and blonde hair but when he turned one his eye color seemed to still be changing. One day i’ll say yepp they’re blue but the next they’ll look tan and gray. I’ve also seen green. Not sure what’s up with those eyes!
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What eye color will your baby have? When a new addition is on the way, it’s only natural to wonder about their appearance. Will you give birth to a blue-eyed child or one with dark eyes? There is no way to be totally sure about your child's eye color, but you can make a good guess about their genetic makeup. More: What Are the Chances My Baby Will Have Red Hair?
A Genetic Explanation Baby blue eyes History of Blue Eyes Blue is one of the rarest eye colors worldwide. The genetic mutation behind blue eyes, called Herc2, actually switches off the gene that colors brown eyes, and leaves them blue. Everyone with blue eyes is related to a single, common ancestor. This ancestor most likely lived close to the Baltic Sea between six and ten thousand years ago and underwent a mutation that left them born with different genes.
Albinism may also be responsible for blue eye color. Ocular albinism can produce blue eyes in people with dark hair color and dark skin color. Blue Eyes Aren’t Really Blue Interestingly, blue eyes only appear that way. There is no blue pigment in the human iris or anywhere in the human body. Varying levels of melanin are responsible for eye color. Melanin is brown, and little to no melanin makes the eye color appear blue.
When light scatters, the longest wavelengths are blue, so that is what we see. This is the same reason that the sky and the ocean appear blue. The Genetics of Eye Color People generally have brown eyes, hazel eyes, green eyes, or blue eyes. The exact color of your baby’s eyes depends on how much melanin he produces, which is controlled by the genetic code in our chromosomes.
Melanin is the pigment that colors the human body. Eye color depends on how much melanin is stored in the iris. Special cells called melanocytes produce melanin.
While everyone generally has roughly the same number of melanocytes, how much melanin they produce differs widely from person to person. This baby blue eyes for differences in eye color. There are many different eye colors, existing along a continuum. The least amount of melanin produces blue eyes. More produces green eyes, more than that produces hazel eyes, and even more produces brown eyes, which is the most common eye color worldwide.
Taking a Deeper Look at Eye Color Possibilities The genetics of eye color is more complicated than just dominant and recessive genes. Eyes come in different colors other than just brown and blue, because eye color is controlled by how much melanin we produce.
Parents with brown eyes may give birth to children with dark brown eyes, light brown eyes, hazel eyes, green eyes, or blue eyes. Hazel eyes and green eyes present with specific amounts of melanin, less than what would present as brown eyes. Predicting Your Baby's Eyes A more realistic look at eye colors offers the following possible combinations: Brown eyes + brown eyes = brown eyes, hazel eyes, green eyes, or blue eyes Brown eyes + hazel eyes = brown eyes, hazel eyes, green eyes, or blue eyes Brown eyes + green eyes = brown eyes, hazel eyes, green eyes, or blue eyes Brown eyes + blue eyes = brown eyes, hazel eyes, green eyes, or blue eyes Hazel eyes + hazel eyes = hazel eyes, baby blue eyes eyes, or blue eyes Hazel eyes + green eyes = hazel eyes, green eyes, or blue eyes Hazel eyes + blue eyes = hazel eyes, green eyes, or blue eyes Green eyes + green eyes = green eyes or blue eyes Green eyes + blue eyes= green eyes or blue eyes Blue eyes + blue eyes = blue eyes So really, any combination can result in a blue-eyed child, but only if there is blue eyes somewhere in one of the parents' ancestral lines.
This is rare so blue eyes remain rare. But, if both parents have blue eyes or green eyes, the odds are a lot higher. When both parents have blue eyes, the odds are 100%. Still confused? Check out this handy baby eye color chart? Looking to learn more about your genetics and how they impact everything from your microbiome to your appearance and hormones?
Our partners at Baby blue eyes Genomics can help you understand your genome, explore your ancestry, and learn about your inherited traits. Check out their offerings here. Ancestry as a Clue for Blue Eyes Will your baby have any chance of being baby blue eyes with blue eyes? Look at your family eye color background first.
People with blue eyes usually have European ancestry, because all people with blue eyes share a common ancestor who was affected by the Herc2 genetic mutation. If either you, your partner, or anyone in your direct or second line of heredity (parents, grandparents, siblings, or aunts and uncles) has blue eyes, there is a chance that this code is in your or your partner's chromosomes and your baby could be born with blue eyes.
A family history of full or ocular Albinism may also contribute to blue eyes. Making Eye Color Predictions with Basic Genetics If you want to try and predict your baby’s eye color, pull out your high school biology textbook to help narrow down just how likely it is that your baby will have blue eyes.
If you didn’t keep it, don’t worry, I’ll give you a quick review. As FamilyEducation’s Genetics Expert, I have developed my knowledge baby blue eyes these topics through a combination of college classes, teaching, and self-study. We all inherit two copies of each gene (allele), eye color included. One copy comes from our mother, and one from our father. Both alleles are stored in our chromosomes (our genetic code) and can be passed on to our children, but only one presents in how we look.
Dominant genes present while recessive genes "hide out" in the DNA code for a chance to pass on to future generations. Generally, darker colors are the dominant traits, while lighter colors are recessive, so a person with one brown-eyed gene and one blue-eyed gene will have brown eyes. The only way to present blue eyes is to inherit two copies of the blue-eyed gene.
However, brown-eyed parents can pass a recessive blue-eyed gene. Therefore, two brown-eyed partners can birth a blue-eyed baby. Here are the possibilities: • Blue eyes + blue eyes = 100% chance of blue eyes • Brown eyes + blue eyes = 50% chance of blue eyes, but only if the brown-eyed parent carries a blue-eyed gene.
If not, the chance is 0% • Brown eyes + brown eyes = 25%, but only if both parents carry the blue-eyed gene. If not, the chance is 0% It is important to remember that this theory is a simplified version of what really happens at the genetic level. Human eye coloring is actually controlled by a complex genetic process and there are many different eye colors other than just blue eyes and brown eyes.
Blue Eyes Are Not Always Here To Stay Eye color changes over time. Your baby could be born with blue eyes, but it might not stay that way. In fact, nearly all Caucasian babies have blue eyes at birth. In most cases; however, the eye color darkens over the first year of life. Melanin production kicks in over time, so the baby ends up with green eyes, hazel eyes, or brown eyes.
Can a Baby Have Two Different Color Eyes? While rare, it is possible to be born with two different color eyes. This is due to a condition known as heterochromia. Generally, harmless, heterochromia occurs at birth or shortly after. So will your baby be born with blue eyes? If you or others in your family have them, it is more likely. However, blue baby blue eyes are rare. And even if your baby is born with blue eyes, there is no telling if the color will stick.
Learn how to grow baby blue eyes for a spectacular display of soft blue or white flowers that attract important garden pollinators. Butterflies, bees, and other helpful insects use the nectar as food. Growing baby blue eyes ensures these important insects stay in your yard to help pollinate other flowers and vegetables. Baby Blue Eyes Plant Baby blue eyes ( Nemophila menziesii) is a low spreading, shrub-like plant that has succulent stems and flowers with six curved blue petals.
Baby blue eyes may get 6 to 12 inches (15-31 cm.) high and over a foot (31 cm.) wide. The blue flowers have a romantic, soft hue that shows well with other pastel flowers as part of a native wildflower garden. You can expect baby blue eyes flowers in late winter where temperatures are moderate and the plant blooms until late spring to early summer.
The baby blue eyes flower is an excellent plant to use in rockeries, containers, and massed as border plants in annual gardens. They create one of the first displays of annual color after the snow and ice have melted.
Baby blue eyes plants are native wildflowers in California and arid zones. They are an important part of the coastal prairie and easy to grow and care for as a garden plant. How to Grow Baby Blue Eyes The baby blue eyes flower is easy to start from seed. Choose a site with full sun to partial shade and one that provides some shelter from drying winds.
The plant does well in sandy, gritty soils and has some drought tolerance. In fact, light sandy soil makes the best seed bed for the baby blue eyes flower, as it drains well. Wait until soils warm to nearly 60 degrees F. (16 C.) before sowing the tiny seeds. Sow seeds just under a fine layer of soil about 1/16 inch (2 mm.) thick. Baby blue eyes flower will germinate in seven to ten days where there is cool weather and short days.
Keep the seed bed lightly moist until germination. Baby blue eyes plant seeds readily but does not transplant well. Fortunately, the plant is easy to sow and takes off quickly. Caring for Baby Blue Eyes Since baby blue eyes is a low growing plant with a succulent stem and leaves, caring for baby blue eyes requires little maintenance.
It has moderate drought tolerance but will die back when confronted with severe dry conditions. The plant does not need fertilizer when planted in areas with organically rich soil. Pinch the tips of the growth to force bushier plant formation. Once the plant has flowered and seed heads formed, cut them off and dry them in a paper bag. Shake the bag after a week and then pick out the larger pieces of chaff. Save the seeds until the following spring and re-sow for a new crop of this wonderful plant.
About Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii) 31 Nurseries Carry This Plant • Add to My Plant List Baby Blue Eyes, Nemophila menziesii, is a common annual herb of California, Oregon, and Baja California, and a popular garden plant.
It is a spring-blooming wildflower that gets its name from the bright blue flowers of two of the three varieties that are recognized. One variety, var. atomaria, is found in the north coast and has almost pure white flowers. It can occasionally be found outside its native range as an introduced species, in Alaska, for example. Baby Blue Eyes grows virtually throughout California at heights from sea level up to almost 6500 feet (2000 meters) in many types of habitat.
It is easy to grow from seed along with other annuals in a wildflower meadow or in openings between trees and shrubs. Plant Description Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E.
Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.
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Before the phrase “baby blues” came to refer to postpartum sadness (which is not the same as postpartum depression), it was actually a common synonym for “eyes.” Why? Well, because all babies are born with blue eyes, right? Wrong. Feast your baby blues upon this fun fact: Worldwide, more newborns have brown eyes than blue. And while it’s true that many babies have blue or gray eyes at first, it’s important to know that eye color can change for months after birth.
And there are plenty of infants gazing out at their new surroundings with hazel and brown eyes, too. In fact, a 2016 Stanford University study involving 192 newborns found that nearly two-thirds of them were born with brown eyes, while only about 1 in 5 babies arrived with blue eyes.
The Stanford researchers also noted, however, that the majority of babies in the study born with blue eyes were Caucasian. Those of other ethnic groups, including Asian and Hispanic, were more often born with brown eyes. The science of eye color The term “eye color” refers to the color of the iris, the ring around the pupil, which is black.
The white part of the eye is called the sclera. If your baby had jaundice at birth — don’t worry, this isn’t uncommon — the sclera may have been a little yellowish.
What gives an iris its color is a natural pigment called melanin, a protein secreted by special cells called melanocytes. Blue eyes mean there is little melanin in the iris. Melanocytes respond to light, and since your newborn has spent the last several months in total darkness, there wasn’t much light to trigger melanin production in the irises. (Though remember, ethnicity also comes into play — so some babies will produce more melanin than others. More on that in a second.) If your child’s melanocytes don’t secrete much more melanin in the months and years ahead, then their eyes will stay blue.
If a little more melanin makes its way into the iris, their eyes will look green or hazel. A lot more melanin means brown eyes. But for many babies in the womb — including, specifically, many babies of non-Caucasian baby blue eyes, though this can be true for any ethnicity — melanocytes don’t need the light of day to pump melanin into those developing irises.
These are the brown eyes that greet so many smiling parents. Layers of color The iris has three layers, and people with brown eyes have melanin in all three. A blue-eyed person has brown pigment in the back layer only.
As light enters the eye, most of the light is absorbed in the back layer, while particles in the spongy middle baby blue eyes (stroma) scatter the remaining light reflecting back out of the eye. Most of that scattered light that gets back out is blue light, giving blue eyes their color. It’s the same dynamic that makes water in an ocean look blue.
Those influential melanocytes are also hard at work in hair and skin, giving them their colors, too. More melanin in your system means a darker complexion. This explains baby blue eyes people with darker skin tend to have darker-colored eyes, too. But there are always exceptions. Acclaimed African American actor James Earl Jones, for example, has blue eyes, likely the result of having ancestors of European descent with blue eyes. And speaking of ancestors, let’s take a look at what goes into determining what your baby’s final eye color will be.
Predicting final eye color (spoiler: you can’t) Your baby’s first eye color may be permanent. But don’t get too attached to it.
Eye color often changes during the first year or even longer. That means your blue-eyed newborn may have brown eyes by the time they take their first steps. Baby blue eyes no way to know when the final color will be set. And the exact color can’t be predicted by you any easier than it can be by a Magic 8 Ball.
But if you’re looking for clues and if it’s possible, stand with your baby’s other parent and look in the mirror together. While melanin is what technically gives the eyes their color, it’s the eye colors of a baby’s parents — and to a certain extent, of your great-great-great uncle and your great grandma and all the others in that big family tree of yours — that help determine the amount of melanin that is secreted. The genetics are somewhat complicated. But in simple terms, two blue-eyed parents, for example, are more likely to have a blue-eyed baby.
But there are no guarantees. Likewise, parents with brown eyes will usually produce a brown-eyed child, but not always. The eye color of a grandparent can change the odds a little. While it was once believed that parents with brown eyes could not produce a child with blue eyes, it can — and does!
— happen, thanks to multiple genes at work. • Brown is the world’s most common eye color. • Blue eyes are a relatively new phenomenon. Researchers traced blue eyes to a single genetic mutation that occurred between 6,000 and 10,000 years ago. • Though estimates vary, fewer than 200,000 people in the United States have a rare condition known as complete heterochromia or heterochromia iridis, where one eye is a complete different color than the other eye. If you or your baby baby blue eyes this unique trait, you’re in good company — actresses Baby blue eyes Eve and Mila Kunis have it as well.
• Also rare is a disease called Waardenburg syndrome, which affects 1 out of 40,000 people. People with this condition often have differently colored eyes, and other symptoms include hearing loss and white patches of hair and skin. So while having this syndrome is pretty unlikely, if your baby is born with very pale blue eyes or one blue eye and one brown eye, talk with your doctor.
The myth stops here From very first eye contact, you were mesmerized by your baby’s eyes — and every other trait, too. If you were startled to see blue eyes staring back at you, we hope we’ve eliminated some of the surprise you might otherwise experience later if those same eyes are brown. Melanin determines several aspects of our appearance. And while we have the least amount when we enter the world for the first baby blue eyes, remember that babies may be born with eyes of blue, brown, hazel, green, or some other color.
It’s simply a myth that all of us — or most of us, for that matter — are blue-eyed at birth. As baby blue eyes everything else involving your newborn, enjoy each stage as it comes — yes, even the “ terrible twos” — and know that eye, skin, and hair color will become things that make your child uniquely beautiful.
Last medically reviewed on June 28, 2019We’re all familiar baby blue eyes the custom of referring to beautiful blue eyes as “baby blues.” Is this because all babies are born with blue eyes? This phrase may have originated from the understanding that all infants are born with bright blue baby blue eyes, but this isn’t actually true.
In fact, studies have shown that it’s more common for babies to be born with brown eyes. Let’s review the biological factors that determine eye color and how to tell whether or not your baby’s piercing blue eyes will stick around. TIME FOR BABY’S FIRST EYE EXAM? Find a pediatric vision specialist near you. Why are babies born with blue eyes? Many babies will have light-colored eyes at first, but iris color continues to develop for months after birth.
Some babies may be born with blue eyes, but others are born with brown or hazel eyes. In fact, blue eyes may be a little less common than you think. A 2016 study involving 192 newborns revealed that almost two-thirds of them were born with brown eyes. Only about one in five had blue eyes.
Eye color, just like skin and hair color, is determined by melanin. These natural pigments are produced by cells called melanocytes. Melanocytes help provide protection from sun damage, and increase their production in response to sun exposure. When a baby is born, their eyes may be light or even blue, but they will likely change color as the melanocytes respond to light.
Race is also a factor, as researchers note that the majority of babies born with blue eyes are Caucasian. Other ethnic groups, including those of African and Asian ancestry, are more often born with brown eyes. What determines babies’ eye color? A baby’s eye color depends on their melanin levels. Generally speaking, Caucasian babies (especially those with blue eyes) have less melanin so their iris, hair and skin color are more likely to vary and develop with age and sun exposure. Conversely, babies with brown eyes have the most melanin, and their eyes are much less likely to change color.
While eye color is predominantly determined by these natural pigments, there are also other factors at work that will influence the color of a newborn’s irises.
Two brown-eyed parents are more likely to produce a brown-eyed baby, but it’s not a solid guarantee. If a grandparent, for instance, has blue eyes, it’s not unheard of for the baby to inherit their blue eyes.
The same can be said for parents with lighter colored eyes. It is absolutely possible for two blue-eyed parents to have a baby with brown eyes even if it is more likely they’ll go home with a blue-eyed babe.
How can I tell if my baby’s eyes will stay blue? There’s always a chance that your baby’s blue eyes will be permanent, but it’s more likely they’ll become hazel, green or brown before they even take their first steps.
Eye color change will often taper off around six months, but some babies’ eyes keep changing hues for a year or even up to three. Until then, there’s no way to know for certain what color your baby’s eyes will ultimately be. And while it isn’t entirely foolproof, a pretty good indicator of whether or not your child’s eye color will change is to inspect their eyes from the side.
If their eyes are clear and bright blue, they may stay that way. If their eyes are a darker blue and there are flecks of gold throughout, they may change to hazel, green or brown.
Schedule your baby’s first eye exam While it’s fun to dwell on your baby’s eye color, during their first several months of development, your infant and their eyes will undergo a number of changes aside from just the color of their irises. Because of this, it is important to have your infant’s eyes examined by a pediatric vision specialist sometime within their first six months. Baby blue eyes baby won’t be able to communicate any potential eye problems, but a pediatric eye doctor will be able to assess their visual acuity and detect or rule out more serious immediate eye or vision issues.
This enables your baby’s doctor to catch early on anything that could potentially affect their ongoing vision development. READ NEXT: What nursery colors are best for a baby's vision? Page published in March 2020 Page updated in February 2022
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