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.
From the Image Gallery
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.
Find Seed or Plants
Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
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
Recommended Species Lists
Find native plant species by state. Each list contains commercially available species suitable for gardens and planned landscapes. Once you have selected a collection, you can browse the collection or search within it using the combination search.View Recommended Species page
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