Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Boraginales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
This species has the same habitats as, and often grows with, Nemophila aphylla. Read more at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Phacelia covillei is superficially similar to Nemophila aphylla. Nemophila has solitary flowers borne on pedicels opposite the leaves vs. Phacelia with flowers in 2-6-flowered terminal cymes. Read more in Weakley's Flora (2022)
SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America (Kartesz, 1999)
INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 160-05-004:
Phacelia ranunculacea FAMILY Hydrophyllaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Coville's Phacelia, Eastern Buttercup Phacelia
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Samantha Tessel sam_2666
April Orange County NC
Flowers tiny, tubular, pale blue to lavender, ~ 1/5" long, with only slightly spreading lobes, per Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
COMPARE Baby Blue Eyes and Buttercup Phacelia
Samantha Tessel sam_2667
April Orange County NC
Leaves tend to be blue-green as opposed to the bright green leaves of Nemophila, per Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
Floristic Synthesis of North America (Kartesz, 1999)
Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Habitat: Rich soils of floodplains, and contiguous terraces and slopes, per Weakley's Flora
Native to North Carolina
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Simple: Pinnately or ternately divided
Leaves have petioles.
Pale blue or lavender
5-lobed tubular-campanulate corolla
5 included stamens
Inflorescence a helicoid cyme
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast (Cotterman, Waitt, & Weakley, 2019) p154
- Wildflowers of the Eastern United States (Duncan & Duncan, 1999) p076
- Wildflowers of Tennessee (Carman, 2005) p208
- Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians (Horn, Cathcart, Hemmerly, & Duhl, 2005) p245
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