(Vari-leaf Phacelia)


Phacelia heterophylla, Blue Lakes Trail, Ouray Co. 8906


Phacelia heterophylla, Blue Lakes Trail, Ouray Co. 8916


Phacelia heterophylla, Blue Lakes Trail, Ouray Co. 8919

Scientific Name Phacelia heterophylla USDA PLANTS Symbol PHHE2
Common Name Vari-leaf Phacelia, Wand Phacelia ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 504271
Family Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not), formerly Hydrophyllaceae SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to alpine (5200 to 12000 ft.); various soils in meadows, hillsides, roadsides and woodlands.
Plant: Erect annual or biennial, usually a single stem 5 to 30 inches tall; foliage with bristly hairs and glandular hairs.
Leaves: Basal and alternate stem leaves; blades prominently veined, lanceolate to oblanceolate, 3/4 to 4 inches long, margins entire with at least some leaves having 1 or 2 pairs of small leaflets at the base of the blade; petioles reduced upward.
Inflorescence: Compact bristly cymes, initially almost spherical but opening to become a coiled scorpioid shape; small bell-shaped flowers, corolla with 5 lobes about 1/8-inch long, white becoming brownish; protruding stamens and style.
Bloom Period: May to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SW Colorado Wildflowers, Montana Field Guide and Burke Herbarium.
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