Phacelia distans Benth.
Distant phacelia, Wild Heliotrope
Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf Family)
Synonym(s): Phacelia cinerea, Phacelia distans var. australis
USDA Symbol: PHDI
A finely hairy, branched plant, glandular in upper parts, with fern-like leaves and coils of broadly bell-shaped, blue to bluish-purple flowers.
This plant matures rapidly as the soil dries in the late spring. Despite one of its common names, it is not related to garden heliotropes.
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Bloom InformationBloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , MA , NV , WI
Native Distribution: Northern California south to Baja California and east to southern Nevada and eastern Arizona.
Native Habitat: Fields, brushy slopes, and washes.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Research LiteratureReslit 2746 - Pollinator importance and temporal variation in a population of Phlox divaricata L. (Polemoniaceae) (2005) S. Wiggam, C. J. Ferguson
Reslit 2747 - The eastern short-styled Phloxes (1931) E. T. Wherry
Reslit 2748 - Craspedolepta eas: Distribution, hosts, and habits of a Phlox specialist (Homoptera: Psylloidea: Aphalaridae) (1994) A. G. Wheeler
Reslit 2749 - Effects of experimental shifts in flowering phenology on plant-pollinator interactions. (2010) N. E. Rafferty, A. R. Ives
Reslit 2750 - Pollen exchange as a function of species proximity in Phlox (1972) D. A. Levin
Reslit 2751 - Variation in Phlox divaricata (1967) D. A. Levin
Reslit 2752 - Cercospora omphakodes infection and disease development in Phlox divaricata (1974) R. W. Judd, J. L. Peterson
Reslit 2753 - Premergence herbicides for transplanted herbaceous perennials." Proceedings, Northeastern Weed Science Society (1981) J. F. Ahrens
Reslit 2754 - Germination and emergence of understorey and tall canopy forbs used in naturalistic sowing mixes. A comparison of performance in vitro v the field (2007) H. Ahmad, J. D. Hitchmough
This information was provided by the Florida WIldflower Foundation.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Phacelia distans in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Phacelia distans in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Phacelia distans
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff