|Scientific Name||Phacelia sericea||USDA PLANTS Symbol||PHSE|
|Common Name||Silky Phacelia, Purple Fringe||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||31592|
|Family||Boraginacea (Forget-me-not), formerly Hydrophyllaceae||SEINet
Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine (6500 to 13500 ft.); open areas, tundra and along roads and trails.
Plant: Erect, clustered perennial to 16 inches tall with stout, hairy stems.
Leaves: Deeply pinnately-divided stem and basal leaves with silvery hairs.
Inflorescence: Many small purple flowers in spike-like clusters up to 7 inches long, each flower with very long stamens extending past the petals.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel.
Note: Two varieties exist in Colorado, and the photos here are likely var. sericea because of their locations near or above timberline.
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© Tom Lebsack 2022
Banner photo: Ten Mile Range and Rhodiola integrifolia (King’s Crown) in Summit County