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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.
Nikon Df w| Nikkor 105mm and 35mm lenses| PS CC 24.4.1
more to come…
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