Large-flowered phacelia is an erect, simple or
branched, and glandular-hairy annual that grows to some 40" tall and
is a frequent and abundant fire-follower. The alternate, ovate
2"-6" leaves are coarsely serrate, ± cordate at the
base, and on short stems. The showy pale blue to violet flowers are
in dense cymes. They are rotate to widely bell-shaped with five
hairy sepals and a five-lobed corolla that has a lighter center and
is often veined with purple. There are 10-20 long, exserted, purple
stamens with large anthers and a one-inch style that is short-hairy
and cleft to 3/4 of its length. A close microscopic inspection
of this plant will reveal resinous, amber-colored globules on the ends
of the hairs. Large-flowered phacelia occupies sandy soils in
chaparral and coastal sage scrub below 2500' and ranges north to Santa
Barbara Co, blooming from April to June. Phacelia is one
of the largest genera in Southern California, having over four dozen
species and many subspecies and/or varieties. These pictures were taken
on the Backbone Trail in the Santa Monica Mts.
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Phacelia 2) grandiflora.
Pronunciation: fa-SEEL-ee-a gran-di-FLOR-a.
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