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  • 6/13/2006

California Bluebell

Phacelia campanularia (Hydrophyllaceae)

A hardy annual native to the western United Satates and adapted to very arid environments. The stunning deep blue, bell-shaped flowers are highlighted by long golden stamens. Leaves are heart-shaped, covered with soft white hairs closely resembling an African Violet. Prefers full sun in very sandy or well-drained soils. Sow in early spring, seedlings are not winter hardy. One of Mother Natures most extravagant shades of blue.

Average planting success with this species: 80%
Height: 8-24 inches
Germination: 15-30 days
Optimum soil temperature for germination: 60-70F
Sowing depth: 1/16"
Blooming period: February-June
Average seeds per pound: 856,000
Seeding rate: 3 lbs. per acre
Suggested use: Borders, mixes, containers.
Miscellaneous: Most striking when sown in mass. The eye-catching flowers last 3 to 4 weeks.

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