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Phacelia heterophylla  Pursh
Varileaf phacelia
Phacelia heterophylla is a perennial herb that is native to California, and also found elsewhere in western North America.
Siskiyou Del Norte Modoc Humboldt Shasta Lassen Trinity Plumas Tehama Butte Mendocino Glenn Sierra Yuba Lake Nevada Colusa Placer Sutter El Dorado Yolo Alpine Napa Sonoma Sacramento Mono Amador Solano Calaveras Tuolumne San Joaquin Marin Contra Costa Alameda Santa Cruz Mariposa Madera San Francisco San Mateo Merced Fresno Stanislaus Santa Clara Inyo San Benito Tulare Kings Monterey San Bernardino San Luis Obispo Kern Santa Barbara Ventura Los Angeles Riverside Orange San Diego Imperial
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Genus: Phacelia
Family: Hydrophyllaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands

Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Northern Juniper Woodland

Name Status:
Accepted by PLANTS

Information about  Phacelia heterophylla from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
USDA PLANTS Profile (PHHE2)

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[swcoloradowildflowers.com] Description, Etymology: It is easily overlooked because of its overall "just green" look. A careful examination will show it to be as fascinating as other Phacelias with their protruding stamens and their often coiled, scorpion-like tails. All parts of the plant are very hairy. Plant height ranges from five to thirty inches. The genus Phacelia ("Greek for "bundle", referring to the clustered flowers) was named by Christophe Jussieu. "Heterophylla" is Greek for "different leaves", referring to the varying shapes and sizes of the plant's leaves. Phacelia heterophylla was first collected June 9, 1806 by Meriwether Lewis on the Lewis and Clark Expedition in Idaho and was named and described by Frederick Pursh in his Flora Americana in 1814. (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 04/12/2024).