Washoe Phacelia

Phacelia curvipes

Phacelia curvipes

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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