Whatever Weds. Super-bloom: Purple

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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.
Adaptation
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.

Patches of Great Valley Phacelia
Close up of the Great Valley Phacelia
Wide view of Great Valley Phacelia and Orange Fiddlenecks

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.

Nikon Df w| Nikkor 105mm and 35mm lenses| PS CC 24.4.1

more to come…

31 thoughts on “Whatever Weds. Super-bloom: Purple

  1. Gorgeous photos, Deborah, and it sounds like your visit with Big Baby Boy and Dark Haired Beauty was wonderful! I’m so glad!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

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