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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Phacelia distans Benth.
Distant phacelia, Wild Heliotrope
Synonym(s): Phacelia cinerea, Phacelia distans var. australis
USDA Symbol: PHDI
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
, WI Native Distribution:
Northern California south to Baja California and east to southern Nevada and eastern Arizona. Native Habitat:
Fields, brushy slopes, and washes.
National Wetland Indicator Status
|Status:|| OBL || UPL || OBL |
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff