Common name: Notch-leaved Phacelia
Latin name: Phacelia crenulata
Height: 3-24 inches
Description: Phacelia crenulata has bell-shaped flowers that are violet to blue-purple in color and are up to one centimeter long.
Leaf: The 8-12 cm leaves are crenate to deeply lobed and short hairy with glands.
Range: Desert, se Modoc Plateau, East of Sierra Nevada
Habitat: Sandy to gravelly washes, slopes
Elevation: < 2200 m.
Flowering time: Mar-May
Notes: Phacelia crenulata, a dicot, is an annual herb that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America. The foul-smelling plant can produce a skin rash similar to that produced by poison ivy. Distribution outside California: to Utah, Arizona, nw Mexico. This photo was made Feb. 16, 2005 near Ludlow, San Bernardino County, California.
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