Also know as shade phacelia for it’s tolerance of partially-shaded conditions, this unique plant naturally occurs throughout coastal mountains from San Francisco to Washington State.
Like many other members of its genus this is an odd-looking plant with hairy leaves and strange fiddleneck flower heads covered with small florets that open in succession over many weeks. Individual flowers are small and white, occasionally with a pinkish hue. Maximum height is up to 3 feet, oh, and this unique, long-lived perennial attracts bumble bees like nobody’s business!
We’ve had great success growing this plant in locations that are typically tough for other meadow plants, such as dry shaded areas along the sides of buildings.