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Phacelia distans (Distant phacelia)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Phacelia distans

Phacelia distans Benth.

Distant Phacelia, Wild Heliotrope

Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf Family)

Synonym(s): Phacelia cinerea, Phacelia distans var. australis


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.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun


USA: 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 Insects

Special 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.

National Wetland Indicator Status

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 on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

USDA: Find Phacelia distans in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Phacelia distans in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Phacelia distans


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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