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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Phacelia sericea (Graham) A. Gray
Purplefringe, Silky phacelia
USDA Symbol: phse
A cluster of several erect stems with most leaves near the base, covered with dense hairs that have a silvery-gray hue. Purple or dark blue-violet flowers are in many dense, short coils in a tight cylindrical cluster, which, because of long, protruding stamens, appears fringed. This leafy-stemmed, clumped perennial grows 4-16 in. tall. The leaves are covered with silky hairs, to the point of being silvery in color, and are oblong to oval and pinnately incised. The flowers, clustered on the top one-third of the stalk, are bluish-purple to whitish with long, conspicuous, purple stamens and yellow anthers. The long stamens give the flower clusters a fuzzy appearance.
A common mountain wildflower easily distinguished from other Phacelias by its cylindrical inflorescence.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Biennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul
, WY Canada: AB
, BC Native Distribution:
Alt. to B.C., s. to CO, NM, AZ
& CA Native Habitat:
Talus slopes of red fir forests from 7000-8500 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Loose talus.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Sow seeds in late summer or early fall.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No treatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
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