|Scientific Name||Phacelia patuliflora||USDA PLANTS Symbol||PHPA4|
|Common Name||Sand Phacelia, Purple Phacelia||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||31568|
|Family||Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf)||Wildflower Center Ref.||Click Here|
|Description||Habitat: Sandy soils along streambanks, woodland openings, prairies, 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.
Note: Experts seem to agree that Phacelia species are difficult to differentiate. Foliage is usually not determinant, blossoms and seed being more reliable. These IDs should be considered in that light.
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