Phacelia species

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Scientific Name Phacelia congesta USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Blue Curls, Blue-curls ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf) Texas A&M Reference
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Description Erect annual plant up to 2-1/2 feet tall; soft, deeply cut leaves with soft hairs; many blossoms grouped together in coiled clusters, each less than 1/2-inch across with 5 overlapping blue petals and protruding stamens. Texas Status
Scientific Name Phacelia infundibuliformus or Phacelia petiolata USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Rio Grande Scorpionweed, Rio Grande Phacelia ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf) SEINet Reference
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Description Weak erect/spreading annual; leaflets and stalk leaves deeply lobed; tiny, 2-3 mm, blue five-petaled blossoms born atop racemes with many buds, each 4-5 mm long. Found at Ernst Tinaja, April 2015. This plant is rare but found in Brewster County according to USDA Plants. It could be mis-identified and be P. petiolata instead, except for leaf shape (See Rare Plants of Texas by Poole, et al). Texas Status
Scientific Name Phacelia patuliflora USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Sand Phacelia, Purple Phacelia ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf) Wildflower Center Ref.
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Description Habitat: Sandy soils along streambanks, woodland openings, praires, roadsides.
Plant: Low, sprawling or weakly upright annual; slender stems up to 1 foot long.
Leaves: Alternate, oblong to broadly oval in outline, shallowly lobed or toothed edges; 3/4 to 4 inches long and 3/8 to 1-5/8 inches wide; lower leaves petiolate, upper, sessile.
Inflorescence: Several blossoms in a curled terminal raceme, each flower about 1 inch across with 5 blue to lavender petals and white centers; flower looks similar to Baby Blue-eyes (Nemophila phacelioides.
Bloom Period: March to May.
References: "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyaya Ajilvsgi, "Wildflowers of Texas"by Michael Eason, and "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston.
Texas Status

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