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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.

Desert Bluebell

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Location: Las VegasDate: 2012Desert Bluebell
By RobGlen
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Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UKDate: 2020-06-27
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Location: So. Calif. desertDate: March
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Courtesy Outsidepride
By vic
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2013-05-21
By chelle
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Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
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Courtesy Outsidepride
By Joy
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Location: Phoenix, ArizonaDate: February 27, 2004
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Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UKDate: 2020-06-27
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Location: Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens, CADate: May 5, 2010 2:41 PM
By Calif_Sue
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2013-05-02Sprouted warm -indoors, then planted out
By chelle
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Location: California bluebell (Phacelia campanularia) in Joshua TreeDate: 2008-02-24Photo courtesy of: Miguel Vieira
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Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UKDate: 2020-06-07
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Comments:
Posted by bennysplace (Castle Rock, CO - Zone 5a) on May 23, 2013 4:55 PM

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.

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Posted by KFredenburg (Black Hills, SD - Zone 5a) on Dec 16, 2020 11:16 AM

Range: Southern California. Additional info: in a spring following a wet winter, thousands of these plants will bloom, forming masses of deep, rich blue.

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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
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