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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Phacelia heterophylla - varileaf phacelia

Other Common Names: variable-leaf scorpion-weed, virgate phacelia, wand phacelia
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Hydrophyllaceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Biennial or perennial
General Desc: Erect plant with sharply pointed, oval leaves, sometimes compound. Small white to purple flowers in a coiled raceme (flowers on short stalks on elongated flower stem).
Identification notes: Single erect stem or a central stem surrounded by lesser stems at the base; numerous spreading to erect, curled and densely bristly inflorescences; one or two smaller pairs of leaflets or lobes may be found at the base of each grayish-green hairy leaf.
Height: To 4 feet


Habitat Description: Dry open places at lower to moderate elevations; moist, coniferous forests.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Riparian
Elevation: 4000 - 9500 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: White to purple     Shape: Regular in elongated clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Apr - Oct
Description: Coiled terminal cluster of small white to purplish flowers.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Grayish-green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Round or oval     Leaf Margin: Lobed     Leaf Attachment: Basal and alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Upper stem leaves are very hairy, sharp-pointed ovals. Lower stem leaves are pinnately divided into 3 to 5 sharp-pointed lobes, the middle lobe much longer.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Black   
Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Notes: Ovoid shaped capsule less than 1/4 inch long.

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