Alkali Phacelia

Phacelia neglecta

Phacelia neglecta

Color: White to cream

Common name: Alkali Phacelia

Latin name: Phacelia neglecta


Height: 1–8 inches

Description: Phacelia neglecta is a mostly erect annual herb producing a small mostly unbranched stem up to about 20 centimeters tall. It is coated thinly in glandular hairs. The hairy, glandular inflorescence is a one-sided curving or coiling cyme of funnel- or bell-shaped flowers. Each flower is about half a centimeter long and white to cream in color.

Leaf: The leaves, which are mostly arranged around the base of the stem, have crinkly or wavy-edged round blades on stalks a few centimeters long.

Range: Desert

Habitat: Clay or alkaline soils, flats, slopes

Elevation: <1000 m.

Flowering time: Mar–May

Notes: Phacelia neglecta is a dicot that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America. Like other Phacelia, this plant causes a poison ivy-like dermatitis. Distribution outside California: s Nevada, Arizona. This photo was made Mar 25, 2005, on Kelbaker Road, south of I-40 (San Bernardino County, California.

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