Phacelia cicutaria var. hispida

          Caterpillar Phacelia

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Horticultural Notes

12-24” x 12-24”+          Caterpillar Phacelia is a spring annual with clouds of open bell-shaped pale lavender flowers on coiling stems. Often found on lightly shaded hillsides and under larger shrubs this branching and bristly haired Phacelia is one of the most common in the backcountry.

The Native Americans sometimes ate the leaves and stems. There is an account where the leaves of this plant saved a tribe from starvation when other greens had failed.[1]

[1] Anderson, M. Kat. Tending the Wild, pg. 267.