Fremont Phacelia

Common Names:
Fremont Phacelia
Scientific name:
Phacelia fremontii
Subspecies | Variants:
Phacelia distans, Phacelia curvipes, Phacelia crenulata
Elevation range:
<7,500 ft.
Flowering Months:
March, April, May, June
Height | Length:
6-20 in.
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
Annual
Notes:
May cause contact dermatitis, Belly flower (very small)
State Occurrences:
Desert region:
Great Basin, Mojave, Sonoran

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Fremont Phacelia in the desert

Phacelia fremontii is an annual herb native to much of the southwest. The inflorescence is a cluster of small bell-shaped flowers that have five purple petals and a bright yellow throat. Pipes Canyon, CA | March 2015

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Fremont Phacelia in the desert

A big patch of Phacelia fremontii is a wonderful thing to see. Mojave National Preserve | April 8, 2014

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Fremont Phacelia in the desert

Close up view of Phacelia fremontii flowers. Note the faint lines in the throat. Pipes Canyon March 16 2015

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Fremont Phacelia in the desert

Phacelia fremontii grows to a maximum height of 11 in., often much smaller.  Pipes Canyon, CA | March 17, 2015 

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Fremont Phacelia  in the desert

Phacelia fremontii sometimes forms rounded mats of separate stems. Burns Canyon, CA | May 2016

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Fremont Phacelia in the desert

Closeup of Phacelia fremontii hairy sepals, which are linear and rounded at the tip.  Pipes Canyon , CA | March 16, 2015

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Fremont Phacelia in the desert

Phacelia fremontii leaves are oppositely arranged, each leaflet small, rounded and deeply lobed. Pipes Canyon, CA | April 2014