Fremont’s Phacelia (Phacelia fremontii)

Photo Courtesy of Don Davis

Fremont’s Phacelia (Phacelia fremontii)

Phacelia fremontii (Frémont’s phacelia) is a flowering plant in the family Boraginaceae native to the southwestern United States. In California, its range includes the Mojave Desert, the San Joaquin Valley, the Coast Ranges, and the Sierra Nevada. It was named for John C. Frémont.

Phacelia fremontii is an aromatic annual plant with a branching decumbent or erect stem up to 30 centimeters long. It is hairy, and glandular toward theinflorescence. The leaves are deeply lobed or divided into rounded leaflets. The flower has a funnel- or bell-shaped corolla up to 1.5 to 2 centimeters long. It is blue, pink, or purple with a yellow throat.

The plant grows in several habitat types, including scrub, woodland, and grassland.

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