Taxon  Report   6318    
Phacelia distans  Benth.
Common phacelia,  Distant phacelia, Wild heliotrope
Phacelia distans
© 2008 Keir Morse
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CalPhotos / Calflora
Phacelia distans
© 2003 Michael Charters
Phacelia distans
© 2004 James M. Andre
Phacelia distans, a dicot, is an annual herb that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Phacelia distans
© 2016 Bonnie Nickel
Genus: Phacelia
Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral, Valley Grassland, (many plant communities)


Serpentine affinity: 1.1; (weak indicator / indifferent)

Habitat: meadows

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Phacelia distans var. australis
ICPN + PLANTS: Phacelia cinerea
ICPN: Phacelia scabrella
More information about  Phacelia distans
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Dec 15, 2018).