General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Plant Height: 8-24 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Spring
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Other: Handling plant may cause contact dermatitis in some individuals.
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Depth to plant seed: Shallowly sow, covering with thin a layer of soil.

Image
Common names
  • California Bluebells
  • Desert Bluebells
  • Desertbells
  • Blue Bells
  • Desert Canterbury Bells

Photo Gallery
Location: Las Vegas
Date: 2012
Desert Bluebell
Location: Hamilton Square Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2018-04-10
Planting every seed I can harvest.
Location: Orange County, California
Date: 2019-05-06

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2020-06-27
Location: Hamilton Square Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2018-03-28
Very fast growing plant.
Location: Hamilton Square Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2018-03-31
Very very happy to have this annual in the perennial garden. Stun
Location: So. Calif. desert
Date: March
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2013-05-21

Courtesy Outsidepride
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Rillito Nursery in Tucson, Arizona
Date: 28 March 2013 at 12:24 p.m.
This is one of the most beautiful blues I have ever seen on a pla

Courtesy of Diane's Flower Seeds

Courtesy Outsidepride
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: Hamilton Square Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2018-03-01
Planted fall 2017. Growth rate has increased noticeably.
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Date: February 27, 2004
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2020-06-27
Location: Hamilton Square Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2018-04-02
Very nice looking plant with attractive foliage stems and then th
Location: Plano, TX
Location: Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens, CA
Date: May 5, 2010 2:41 PM
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2020-06-07
Location: California bluebell (Phacelia campanularia) in Joshua Tree
Date: 2008-02-24
Photo courtesy of: Miguel Vieira
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2013-05-02
Sprouted warm -indoors, then planted out

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
  • Uploaded by Joy

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
  • Uploaded by Joy

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
  • Uploaded by Joy
Comments:
  • Posted by bennysplace (Castle Rock, CO - Zone 5a) on May 23, 2013 4:55 PM concerning plant:
    Although I do not live in Arizona anymore, I was very lucky to be visiting when the bluebells at Rillito Nursery were blooming. If you live in the Arizona area, treat yourself by visiting the nursery. The bluebells have naturalized in the gravel area near the cactus and each year there are more and more to behold.
  • Posted by Johannian (The Black Hills, SD - Zone 5a) on Jan 9, 2022 6:10 PM concerning plant:
    Range: Southern California. Additional info: in a spring following a wet winter, thousands of these plants will bloom, forming masses of deep, rich blue.
Plant Events from our members
chelle From February 28, 2016 to March 28, 2016 Seeds germinated
one container
chelle On July 8, 2015 Seeds sown
Ash tree bed.
piksihk On December 6, 2019 Seeds sown
old seeds 2012;
frt bed /near blk scallop
Botanical Interest
piksihk On June 21, 2014 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
lovesblooms On May 11, 2015 Seeds sown
direct
HamiltonSquare On March 31, 2018 Bloomed
HamiltonSquare On January 24, 2018 Obtained plant
From Annie's Annuals and Perennials. $5.95
KelliW On February 29, 2020 Seeds germinated
sprouts in jug
KelliW On January 23, 2020 Seeds sown
wintersown outdoors in jug, zone 6b
KelliW On February 6, 2019 Seeds sown
#34, winter sown
MrsBinWY On March 9, 2019 Seeds sown
16x2 2016 commercial seeds from KelliW in milk jug, 30 days cold, germinate at 50-55 degrees
carlysuko On March 17, 2022 Seeds germinated
carlysuko On March 14, 2022 Seeds germinated
carlysuko On March 1, 2022 Seeds sown
carlysuko On February 2, 2022 Seeds sown
» Post your own event for this plant

Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Gorgeous by RobGlen Aug 21, 2018 2:31 PM 0

« Add a new plant to the database

« The Plants Database Front Page

Today's site banner is by dormantsrule and is called "Spring"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.