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Phacelia hirsuta  Nutt.
Cherokee County, Kansas
Height: 2-12 inches
Family: Hydrophyllaceae - Borage Family
Flowering Period:   April, May, June
Stems: Erect, simple to branched, densely stiff-hairy.
Leaves: Appressed stiff-hairy; basal leaves oblong, short-stalked, .8 to 2+ inches long, pinnately-divided; segments 5-9, oval to nearly circular, entire to toothed; stem leaves deeply lobed to pinnately-cleft, oblong to circular, clasping to sessile; segments 5-9, linear to oval.
Inflorescences: Cyme, simple, dense, terminal, initially rolled under but soon uncurling; stalks 1/8 to 3/5 inch long.
Flowers: Calyx 5-lobed, divided nearly to base; lobes lanceolate-oblong, 1/5 to 2/5 inch long, unequal, stiff-hairy; corolla bell-shaped, 5-lobed, 1/5 to 1/3 inch long, bluish-lavender, throat paler; lobes rounded, entire; stamens 5, equal in length, not extending beyond lobes.
Fruits: Capsule, rough; seeds 6-8, brown.
Habitat: Open sites, woodland edges, low bottom ground, and along ledges and ravines; sandy soil.
Distribution: Southeast fifth of Kansas.
Origin: Phacelia is an exclusively New World genus with more than 100 species. Most are native to Western North America.
Comments: From Greek phallelos "bundle" or "fascicle" in reference to the flower clusters and Latin hirsutus "rough with hairs" or "bristly". The California bluebell is Phacelia whitlavia.

Hairy phacelia inflorescence
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Hairy phacelia flowers
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Hairy phacelia flowers and sepals
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Hairy phacelia sepals
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