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Fremont's Phacelia

Phacelia fremontii

Phacelia fremontii

Color: Blue to violet

Common name: Fremont's phacelia

Latin name: Phacelia fremontii

Family: BORAGINACEAE

Height: 2.5-12 inches

Phacelia fremontii

Description: Phacelia fremontii is an annual plant with a funnel- to bell-shaped tube and flowers that are blue to lavender with a yellow throat, 7-15 mm long (rarely to 20 mm). The decumbent to erect stem is branched at base, minutely hairy and generally glandular.

Leaf: The deeply lobed or compound leaves are 1.5-5 cm long and are oblong to oblanceolate (having a broad rounded apex and a tapering base.)

Range: Mojave Desert, s Sierra Nevada, San Joaquin Valley, e San Francisco Bay Area, Inner South Coast Ranges, Transverse Ranges, East of Sierra Nevada

Habitat: Sandy or gravelly soils, scrub, grassland

Elevation: < 2300 m.

Flowering time: Mar–Jun

Notes: Phacelia fremontii, is a dicot that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America. It was named for explorer John C. Fremont. These photographs were made March 24, 2004 in the Cuddeback Lake area, San Bernardino County, California and Feb. 26, 2005, in Short Canyon, Kern County, California.

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