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Phacelia sericea (Graham) A. Gray
Silky Phacelia, Purple Fringe
Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf Family)
USDA Symbol: PHSE
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Biennial
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 16 inches tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , UT , WA , 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.
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.
Seed Treatment: No treatment is necessary.
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 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 sericea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Phacelia sericea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Phacelia sericea
MetadataRecord Modified: 2015-02-25
Research By: TWC Staff