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Hiddenflower Phacelia
Phacelia cryptantha
About Hiddenflower Phacelia (Phacelia cryptantha) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Phacelia cryptantha is a species of flowering plant in the borage family, Boraginaceae, known by the common name hiddenflower phacelia. It is native to the southwestern United States and Baja California in Mexico, where it grows in several habitat types in desert, rocky mountain slopes, canyons, plateau, and other areas. It is an annual herb growing mostly erect to a maximum height near half a meter, usually unbranched. It is glandular and coated in short and soft or long, stiff hairs. The lower leaves are up to 15 centimeters long and divided into leaflets; leaves higher on the plant are smaller but may be compound as well. The inflorescence is a one-sided curving or coiling cyme of several narrow bell-shaped flowers. The flower is pale blue to lavender, under a centimeter long, and surrounded by long, narrow linear sepals covered in hairs.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

0.5 - 1.6 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 9 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 4.8" - 67.5", Summer Precipitation: 0.20" - 2.79", Coldest Month: 33.6" - 60.0", Hottest Month: 59.1" - 87.2", Humidity: 1.83" - 38.61", Elevation: 285" - 6575"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Hidden-flower Scorpion-weed, Limestone Phacelia

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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