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Phacelia heterophylla

Phacelia heterophylla Pursh

Varileaf Phacelia, Virgate Phacelia, Wand Phacelia, Variable-leaf Scorpion-weed, Variable-leaf Scorpionweed

Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf family)


USDA Symbol: PHHE2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial , Biennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 4 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: White to lavender.


USA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , MA , MT , NM , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Native Habitat: Open slopes, flats and roadsides, moist conifer forests, along streams, sagebrush, mountain brush, aspen and spruce-fir communities.

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.

Web Reference

Webref 62 - Burke Herbarium Image Collection (2020) University of Washington
Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 36 - Jepson eFlora (2019) The Jepson Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2021-04-30
Research By: CBR

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