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Phacelia minor (Harv.) Thell.
Wild Canterbury Bells, California Bells
Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf Family)
Synonym(s): Phacelia whitlavia
USDA Symbol: PHMI
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
An erect, 8-24 in. annual with 1 in. wide, bell-shaped, purple flowers. The flowers, with white anther lobes between the petals, are arranged in rolled, 1-sided racemes; the raceme unrolling as the flowers open.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: CA , MA
Native Distribution: S. CA from Santa Monica Mts. to edge of desert
Native Habitat: Dry, disturbed or recently burned areas below 5000 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, disturbed soil.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: Sow seeds in late summer or early fall. Sow on top of soil as light is needed for germination.
Commercially Avail: yes
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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
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Phacelia minor in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Phacelia minor in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Phacelia minor
MetadataRecord Modified: 2015-02-25
Research By: TWC Staff