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Phacelia minor (Wild canterbury bells)
Hardie-Scott, Linda

Phacelia minor

Phacelia minor (Harv.) Thell.

Wild Canterbury Bells, California Bells

Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf Family)

Synonym(s): Phacelia whitlavia


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 Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun


Native Distribution: S. CA from Santa Monica Mts. to edge of desert
Native Habitat: Dry, disturbed or recently burned areas below 5000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, disturbed soil.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Description: Sow seeds in late summer or early fall. Sow on top of soil as light is needed for germination.
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

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


Record Modified: 2015-02-25
Research By: TWC Staff

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