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Phacelia bolanderi
Bolander's phacelia, Bolander's scorpion-weed

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in lowland southwestern Washington; Coos Bay, Oregon south along the coast to Sonoma County, California.

Habitat: Mostly on open, often unstable slopes at low elevations.

Flowers: June-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Review Group 1 in Washington (WANHP)


Stout, sprawling, loosely stiff-hairy perennial from a slender, branched taproot, the stems 2-8 dm. long.


Leaves all cauline, gradually reduced upward, the blade ovate to broadly elliptic, 3-11 cm. long and 2-7 cm. wide, shallowly pinnately-lobed, often with a pair of small segments near the base; lower petioles equaling the blades, upper shorter.


Inflorescence open, few-branched, with several flowers on each branch; corolla shallowly cup-shaped, lavender to bluish, 1-2 cm. wide, glabrous within; filaments equaling the corolla; style elongate, deeply 2-cleft.


Capsule with numerous seeds.

Accepted Name:
Phacelia bolanderi A. Gray
Publication: Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 10: 322. 1875.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Phacelia bolanderi in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Phacelia bolanderi checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Phacelia bolanderi atlas page.

CalPhotos: Phacelia bolanderi photos.

USDA Plants: Phacelia bolanderi information.

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