Desert Bluebells, Desertbells, Desert Bells

Phacelia campanularia ssp. vasiformis

Phacelia campanularia ssp. vasiformis

Color: Blue to purple

Common name: Desert Bluebells, Desertbells, Desert Bells

Latin name: Phacelia campanularia ssp. vasiformis


Height: 7-21.5 inches

Description: The broadly funnel-shaped flowers have 25-40 mm corollas and spread from coiled clusters.

Leaf: Leaves are oblong or egg-shaped 3/4-3 inch are coarsely toothed. The upper leaves are smaller than the lower.

Range: Mojave Desert, n Sonoran Desert

Habitat: Open, sandy or gravelly areas

Elevation: < 1600 m.

Flowering time: Mar–May

Notes: A similar-looking subspecies also called Desert Bells, Phacelia campanularia ssp. campanularia, grows in the western Sonoran Desert. Phacelia campanularia ssp. vasiformis, a dicot, is an annual herb that is native to California and is endemic (limited) to California alone. Phacelias can cause dermatitis. This photo was taken on February 16, 2008 Riverside County, California.

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