Phacelia divaricata

I find it especially satisfying growing CA natives that are literally a stone’s throw from our Bay Area gardens and such is the case for this exceptionally pretty annual Phacelia. It is endemic to the coastal hills and mountain ranges around the San Francisco Bay Area and to the north. With a little luck you’ll spot it in its favorite habitats, among coastal chaparral, woodlands and open grasslands. Come Spring, triggered by mid-Spring rains and warmth, it pops up and soon sports cymes of funnel or bell-shaped .75” pale lavender flowers with intricate purple markings amid a pale violet and white background, making it seem as if each flower was painted. Quickly developing foliage provides a sturdy green backdrop, over which the delicate flowers seem to float. A favorite destination for bees and butterflies. Plant in fertile, well-drained soil in sun to light shade. Deadhead to prolong blooming. Not favored by deer. Reseeds.

Earl,
Curious Plantsman

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CA Native Annual
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