Silverleaf phacelia (Phacelia hastata)

Waterleaf family (Hydrophyllaceae) | Wildflowers and Herbs plant group
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Silverleaf phacelia has white-lavender colored flowers and leaves with a distinctive whitish color from dense silvery hairs. It usually has tufts of multiple stems and grows in dry, rocky places.

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Silverleaf phacelia has white-lavender colored flowers and leaves with a distinctive whitish color from dense silvery hairs. It usually has tufts of multiple stems and grows in dry, rocky places.
Did You Know?
Phacelia species are grown for honey-production in some countries. They are also used as ornamentals. The stems of Silverleaf phacelia are hairy. The flowers often cluster at the top of the stem in such a way as to resemble a curled scorpion's tail.
Leaves
The spoon-shaped leaves are about 2 to 4 in (5 to 10 cm) long; some may be lobed. This plant can have several stems, growing spread out all over to straight from the ground. The stems are stiff-hairy, but not glandular (sticky) and are grayish-green in color.
Flowers
The white or pale purple flowers are crowded in small clusters on one side of the spikes that are coiled into twisted ā€œSā€ shapes. Each spike has 5 to 50 flowers about a 0.25 in (0.6 cm) long. Look for the brown stamens that protrude far beyond the flower petals.
Fruits
A tiny, dry capsule.
Habitat
Dry, rocky places among sagebrush and in coniferous forests.
Bloom Time
Mid-spring
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