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Phacelia campanularia A. Gray

Desertbells, desert bell, desert bluebells

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderLamialesAromatic herbs and shrubs, including lavender, lilac, olive, jasmine, ash, teak, snapdragon, sesame, psyllium, garden sage, mint, basil, and rosemary
FamilyBoraginaceaeBorages or forget-me-nots
GenusPhaceliaBased on the Greek phakelos, meaning “cluster,” and alluding to the densely crowded flower spikes of most species of the genus
SpeciescampanulariaBell-flowered or bell-shaped, like Campanula, the bellflower

About plant names...

Desert bluebells are natives of the Mojava and Sonoran deserts.

Identification: Plants are up to 20" (50 cm) tall, but usually much lower. Leaves are dark green, hairy, heart-shaped, with coarse teeth. Stem and leaf veins are reddish, and hairy. Flowers are bell-shaped, ½-1½" (1.5-4 cm) around, with five petals, and are deep blue to purple.

Online References:

Wayne's Word

Southeastern Arizona Wildflowers and the Plants of the Sonoran Desert


George and Audrey DeLange's Arizona wildflower site

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Wildflowers in Santa Barbara

The Mindbird Maps and Books unofficial Mojave National Preserve site


Phacelia campanularia description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Phacelia campanularia (desertbells, desert bell, desert bluebells)

2/28/2010 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Cali­fornia
≈ 9 × 9" (23 × 23 cm)

Range: Zones 7a-10b:

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