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Phacelia patuliflora (Sand phacelia)
Bettinger, Edith

Phacelia patuliflora

Phacelia patuliflora (Engelm. & A. Gray) A. Gray

Sand Phacelia, Sand Scorpionweed, Blue Phacelia

Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf Family)


USDA Symbol: phpa4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall.

Bloom Information

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


Native Habitat: Woodlands' edge, Opening, Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannas, Stream banks

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy Loam Sandy
Conditions Comments: This plant has erect to declining stems. The light blue to lavender flowers have a white eye. Easy to grow from seed if given good drainage and regular water. This plant does best if sheltered from the west sun and does well in woodland areas where it will self sow and form large colonies.


Use Ornamental: Low growing, Grows in clumps, Blooms ornamental
Use Wildlife: Flowers-Butterflies & moths, Nectar- bees, Nectar- butterflies, Flowers-Bees
Warning: Some Phacelia species produce a skin irritation in sensitive people, similar to that of poison oak or poison ivy.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

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


Propagation Material: Seeds

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX


Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender
Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.

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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2020-03-03
Research By: DEW, JSC

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