Phacelia viscida var. albiflora

Wildflowers Dicots Eudicots Asterids Boraginales Boraginaceae Hydrophyllaceae Phacelia

This is the Santa Barbara/Ventura variant of the sticky phacelia. People here seem to call it “white phacelia” for obvious reasons.

These were common in the areas burned by the recent fires. In 2010 there were a lot of them on upper Jesusita trail, and on the west fork of cold spring (both affected by the Jesusita fire). I’ve even seen a lone plant down by Hendry’s beach. There were fewer in 2011. Also showed up in great numbers after the White Fire (2014, 2015) off Paradise Rd.

The white variety has smaller flowers than the blue (P. v. var. viscida).

Blooms Jan-June.


The flower is too small to be the other subspecies (see comments below)

3 Responses to “Phacelia viscida var. albiflora”

  1. Jay Sullivan Says:

    It looks like Phacelia viscida var. albiflora, although given the slight pinkish tinge on the upper petal it could be Phacelia viscida var. viscida — which after fires may start out white and later in the day turn blue. (White forms of Phacelia grandiflora which I’ve seen still had purple filaments.)

    • georgeruns Says:

      That looks right. Thank you. I need to go back with a ruler to distinguish the varieties (I haven’t seen them blooming yet this year, their blooming is a bit behind last years’).

    • georgeruns Says:

      These flowers did not change color over time, there were great stands of them in 2010 which remained white. I finally found a bloom this year and the flower is too small to be P. v. var. viscida (presuming I understand Jepson, which is sometimes questionable).

      Thank you.

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