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Sticky Phacelia
Phacelia viscida
  
About Sticky Phacelia (Phacelia viscida) 1 Nurseries Carry This Plant Phacelia viscida is a species in the Boraginaceae (Borage) family known by the common names Sticky Phacelia and Tacky Phacelia. It is native to the coastal hills and mountains of central and southern California and Baja California, where it grows in coastal sage scrub, chaparral, and recently burned areas. It is an annual herb growing erect to a maximum height near 70 centimeters. It is hairy and sticky and coated in soft and stiff, glandular hairs. The leaves have toothed oval blades borne on petioles. The hairy flower cluster is a curving cyme of five-lobed flowers. Each flower is up to 2 centimeters wide and usually deep blue to lavender in color with a paler, mottled center. The five protruding stamens are tipped with white anthers. The variety albiflora has white flowers.

It should be noted that there are a very large number of species in the genus Phacelia. Most are annuals. Gardeners should look for species appropriate to their area and garden conditions.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

Size
Size
2.3 ft tall
2.3 ft wide

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Fast

Fragrance
Fragrance
Fragrant - Unpleasant

Flower Color
Flower Color
Blue

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring

Wildlife Supported
 


 
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Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Very Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 1x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 20° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast, Medium

Soil Description
Soil Description
Prefers rich, well drained soil

Common uses
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Propagation
Propagation?
By seed

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Open, sandy places along the coast or on coastal-facing inland slopes

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 5.3" - 37.1", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 1.08", Coldest Month: 33.7" - 56.3", Hottest Month: 63.0" - 85.0", Humidity: 0.47" - 36.22", Elevation: 0" - 5138"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Tacky Phacelia, Tacky Scorpionweed


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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