PHACELIA campanularia (California Bluebell) is an annual flowering plant native to California and southwestern United States. It is known for its beautiful, bell-shaped blue flowers and is a popular choice for wildflower gardens and naturalistic landscapes. This species is adapted to arid and desert environments and is commonly found in sandy or rocky soils.
California Bluebell is an annual plant that typically grows to a height of 8 to 24 inches (20 to 60 cm) with a spread of about 12 inches (30 cm). It has slender, hairy stems and deeply lobed leaves. The leaves are typically gray-green in color and have a soft texture. California Bluebell is relatively easy to grow from seed. It prefers well-drained soil and full sun exposure but can tolerate some light shade. It is drought-tolerant once established but benefits from regular watering during the establishment phase. Deadheading spent flowers can encourage prolonged blooming.
The flowers of Phacelia campanularia are the highlight of this plant. They are bell-shaped and range in color from bright blue to violet-blue. The flowers are held in loose, elongated clusters at the top of the stems. They attract bees and butterflies and are a favorite of pollinators. California Bluebell typically blooms from spring to early summer, although the exact timing may vary depending on the growing conditions and geographic location.
Phacelia campanularia is known to attract a variety of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Its nectar-rich flowers provide a valuable food source for these beneficial insects, contributing to pollination and biodiversity. California Bluebell is often grown in wildflower gardens, meadow plantings, or naturalistic landscapes. It adds a vibrant splash of blue color and enhances the beauty of the garden while also supporting pollinator populations.
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Scientific Name: Phacelia Campanularia
Common Name: California Bluebell
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: United States, California, Northeast, Newyork
Height: 6 to 24 "
Spread: 6 to 24 "
Habitat: Deserts, Coastal, Inland Mountains, Chaparral
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Spring (Mid, Late)
Resistant: Drought, Dry soil
Advantage: Easy to grow
Flower Shape: Bell Shaped
Flower Color: Lavender to Deep blue-purple
Water Requirement: Low
Soil Type: Chalk, Clay, Loam
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Uses: Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Gravel and Rock garden