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Blue Phacelia

Phacelia distans

Photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed in the North Maricopa Mts., Maricopa Co., Arizona, USA. 13 February 2005.

FLOWERS: Five pale blue petals occasionally darker violet or very pale, almost white. Blooming Feb. to April depending on available moisture.

LEAVES: Soft, minutely glandular, alternate leaves once or twice pinnately divided.

SEEDS: Each spherical capsule has a couple of seeds. Under 10x magnification seeds appear pitted.

RANGE: Rocky slopes, wash banks and even on flats in wet years. Fairly common across the Sonoran Desert, sometimes abundant. Ranges west into the Mojave Desert. Absent in drought years.

ANNUAL: An upright spring annual rarely exceding 50 cm.


Hydrophyllacaceae -- Borage Family

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