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Baby blue-eyes vs Blue-eyed babies

baby blue-eyesa delicate California herb (Nemophila menziesii) having blue flowers with dark spots:

  • Baby Blue Eyes. This beautiful porcelain blue flower is as delicate as its name.

blue-eyed babiesthe plants Houstonia patens and Houstonia caerulea:

  • The names for the starry Houstonia are so charming one scarcely knows which to choose. Blue-eyed Babies, Quaker Ladies, Angel Eyes…

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase blue-eyed boyspeople singled out for special favors by smb. in authority:

  • During this difficult period, farmers were “blue-eyed boys.”