PHACELIA

FAMILY: Boraginaceae

TYPE
  • Annuals
  • Biennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Varies by Species
WATER
  • Regular Water

Plant Details

Large genus of flowering plants native mostly to western U.S. and Mexico. One of the species listed here is native to the Texas prairie; the other is a wildflower from shady, moist areas of the Southeast.

scorpion weed, fernleaf phacelia

phacelia bipinnatifida

  • Biennial.
  • Zones US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8.
  • Native from West Virginia and Illinois to Arkansas and Georgia.
  • Deeply divided, dark green leaves to 4 inches long and wide.
  • Overwinters as an attractive low foliage mound to 1 feet wide; in late spring, flower stalks to 2 feet tall bear sprays of white-eyed lavender-blue blossoms.
  • Showy as a mass planting.
  • Dies after flowering; self-sows reliably.
  • Grow in partial or full shade, in soil with lots of organic matter.

blue curls

phacelia congesta

  • Annual or biennial.
  • Zones US, MS, LS, CS, TS; USDA 6-11.
  • Native to Texas and New Mexico.
  • Grows 3 feet tall, 1 feet wide.
  • Deeply cut, bright green, soft leaves to 4 inches long, 1 inches wide.
  • Blooms throughout spring; buds form on a curled spike, which uncoils as the buds open into blue-purple flowers.
  • Easy to grow from seed.
  • For a long bloom period, be sure to water during dry spells.
  • Full sun.

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