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Desert Bells

Phacelia campanularia

Desertbells, Phacelia campanularia, photo © by Michael Plagens

Spring of 2010 was a good year for wild flowers in the Colorado Desert, a part of the Sonoran. These were seen at Joshua Tree National Monument, California. 3 May 2010.

ANNUAL: With adequate water this spring annual can reach a meter in diameter with thousands of blooms.

FLOWERS: Five-lobed flowers are cobalt blue with conspicuous stamens and stigma. Very showy!

LEAVES: Leaves are heart shaped with distinct veinage and toothed margins.

RANGE: Deserts of California. Its distribution into the Sonoran Desert is due at least in part to seed mixes planted by gardeners.

FRUIT: On maturity, a dry capsule with many seeds.

UNARMED. No spines.

Hydrophyllacaceae -- Waterleaf Family

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