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Here and there throughout the Carrizo Plain were patches of purple flowers. The most prominent was the Great Valley Phacelia.
This particular genus is only found in California and Baja California. Per Plants.usda.gov site they can be found:
Phacelia ciliata is found only in California and Baja California in Mexico. Within California distribution includes the Northern
Coastal Ranges, the Sacramento Valley including Sutter Buttes, the San Joaquin Valley, the San Francisco Bay, the Southern
Coast Ranges and South West California, but excluding the Channel Islands. For current distribution, please consult the Plant
Profile page for this species on the PLANTS Web site.
Habitat: Great Valley phacelia is found associated with Coastal Sage Scrub, Northern Oak Woodland, Foothill Woodland
and Valley Grassland.
Great Valley phacelia is drought tolerant and grows well in areas given 7 to 18 inches of annual precipitation. It grows on a
range of soil types from clays to sandy loams to gravelly slopes and tolerates moderate salinity. It is found at elevations from
seal level up to 5,000 feet (Calflora, 1997; Walden et al. 2013).
They’re considered one of the “blue” flowers and they’re a pollinator.
I got a wee bit behind with posts due to a trip down to SoCal to visit Big Baby Boy, and the Dark Haired Beauty. We crammed a lot into a few days, but I’m home now and catching up.
I’ll be sharing more from our wildflower Super-bloom trip in the future.
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more to come…
31 thoughts on “Whatever Weds. Super-bloom: Purple”
Gorgeous photos, Deborah, and it sounds like your visit with Big Baby Boy and Dark Haired Beauty was wonderful! I’m so glad!
It was a great visit. Thank you so much, Jennie!
You’re welcome, Deborah!
Oh those super blooms are amazing, and the blue/purple is gorgeous surrounded by the yellows! 💛💜💛
Thank you so much, Donna! 💛💜
Love all the color, beautiful images!
Thank you, John! It was a great Super-bloom.
Your landscape photos are always incredible, Deborah. Just lovely.
Thank you so much, Cheryl!! 😍
It’s so beautiful Deborah to see expansive fields of wild flowers it has a glory all of its own. Often over here the flowers are so small yet they continue to radiate the glory and splendour of our Lord.
I totally agree!! Thank you, Ashley! 😀
Spectacular countryside beautifully photographed, Deborah!
It’s gorgeous when there’s tons of flowers there. Thank you so much, Belinda!!😀
Absolutely glorious, Deborah. The big difference between the superbloom in California and that in Arizona is that in CA there’s nothing but flowers. In AZ, there are cacti and other desert things. Gives a completely different look!
Thank you so much, Janet! 😀🌼🌻🌺
Outstanding photos, Deborah
Thank you, John!
The view out over that field is amazing, but that close up is gorgeous. D St kinds like you had a great visit.
Thank you so much, Dan! We were lucky that were able to go at the right time.
Beautiful wildflowers but an even better family visit. 🙂
It was a great visit! Thank you so much, Judy! 😍
You reminded me of a Pablo Picasso quote when I saw the colours in your photography, Deborah.
“Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? no. Just as one can never learn how to paint.”
A wonderful collection.
Thank you for that wonderful quote, Rebecca!! I love it. 💜💛
What splendid shots, Deborah. It’s a breathtaking view. Although I admit that when I first saw all that yellow, I was afraid I was going to sneeze. But it really is amazing. Hugs.
🤣 I did sneeze… a lot! Thank you so much for the funny comment and visit, Teagan! 🤗
I hope the rest of you week is wonderful.
Breathtaking, indeed! And you’ve also just proven that magic carpets (made of flowers) do exist. Magical photos!
Thank you so much!!😀
You’re fortunate to have gotten to see (and of course photograph) that California superbloom.
The Phacelia species that we have in Austin, and that’s still flowering in some places, is Phacelia congesta, known as blue curls:
I do feel fortunate to have been able to make it there this year. Your plant reminds me of the Fiddlenecks the way it grows and curls. It’s lovely!
When was the last time you’d made it to a California superbloom?
2017. I just went to the Carrizo Plain that time. This time I also visited Antelope Valley for the Poppies. 😀