Color: Deep purple to blue
Common name: Washoe phacelia
Latin name: Phacelia curvipes
Height: 1.5-6 inches
Description: It is an annual herb producing a small, branching stem up to about 15 centimeters long. It is glandular and hairy in texture. The hairy inflorescence is a showy curving cluster of bell-shaped flowers each under a centimeter long. The flowers are deep purple to blue with white throats.
Leaf: The leaves are oval or lance-shaped, 1 to 4 centimeters long, and borne on stalks attaching the leaf blade to the stem.
Range: Mojave Desert, s Sierra Nevada, Tehachapi Mountain Area, Transverse Ranges, East of Sierra Nevada
Habitat: Sandy to rocky slopes, chaparral, oak/pine woodland, coniferous forest
Elevation: 500–2700 m.
Flowering time: Apr–Jun
Notes: Phacelia curvipes, a dicot, is an annual herb that is native to California. Distribution outside California: to sw Utah, nw Arizona. Like all Phacelia, this plant can cause poison ivy-like dermatitis. This photo was taken on May 15, 2004 in the San Bernardino Mountains, California.
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