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Common Name: California Bluebells/ Desert Bluebells

Scientific Name: Phacelia crenulata

Native / Introduced: Native

Main Uses:

~Wildflower plantings in arid regions


~As a pollinator

Height: 1 - 2 feet

Colors: Blue, purple or violet

Flowering Season: Spring and summer

Soil Types: Grows best on dry, sandy or gravelly soils

Tolerances: Drought

Sun or Shade: Full sun

Minimum Precipitation: 10 inches

Lifecycle: Annual

Planting Seed Rate: 1 - 1.5 lbs/acre

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 850,000

Optimal Planting Season: Spring

Planting Depth: Spread on surface and lightly rake, no deeper than 1/8 inch

Stratification Requirements: None

Category: Forbs



Desert Bluebells, also called Notchleaf Phacelia or Cleftleaf wildheliotrope, are predominantly grow native to the southwestern United States, where they are known for their striking and showy, brilliant blue or blue-violet, bell-shaped flowers. These flowers are in bloom for a significant portion of the spring and summer seasons.


Desert Bluebells are well adapted to a range of locations in the western United States, with a particular preference for arid regions. They are typically found growing in the wild on dry, sandy, or gravelly soils. These hardy plants exhibit impressive drought tolerance, and they thrive in full sunlight, making them a beautiful and resilient addition to arid landscapes.


NRCS Plant Profile:


Photo Credit:

California Bluebells/ Desert Bluebells


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