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Phacelia sericea
silky phacelia
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Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California, east to the Rocky Mountains.

Habitat: Open, often rocky areas, from middle elevations in the mountains to the alpine.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Silky perennial from a branched, woody base and taproot, the several ascending stems 1-6 dm. tall.

Leaves:

Leaves pinnatifid, with entire or cleft segments, the basal and lower cauline leaves well-developed and persistent, the others somewhat reduced upward.

Flowers:

Inflorescence dense and terminal, composed of several short panicles; calyx divided nearly to the base, lobes 5; corolla bell-shaped, blue-purple or dark blue, persistent, 5-6 mm. long and wide, hairy inside and out; filaments long-exerted, 2-3 times as long as the corolla; style 6-13 mm. long, cleft nearly to the middle.

Fruits:

Fruit a capsule with 8-18 pitted seeds.

Accepted Name:
Phacelia sericea (Graham) A. Gray
Publication: Amer. J. Sci. Arts ser. 2, 34: 254. 1862.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Infraspecies:
var. sericea – silky phacelia    Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California, east to the Rocky Mountains.
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Phacelia sericea checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Phacelia sericea atlas page.

CalPhotos: Phacelia sericea photos.

USDA Plants: Phacelia sericea information.

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