General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Plant Height: To 2 feet
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Alpine Gardening
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots

Common names
  • Silky phacelia
  • Alpine Phacelia
  • Purplefringe
  • Purple Fringe

Photo Gallery
Location: Cheyenne, Wyoming
Date: 2018-05-14
Location: Ruby Mountains, Elko County, NV
Date: 2015-06-14
Location: My Garden
Date: 2013-06-06
Location: Cheyenne, Wyoming
Date: 2018-04-07
Location: Cheyenne, Wyoming
Date: 2018-04-22
Location: Cheyenne, Wyoming
Date: 2018-04-28
Location: Cheyenne, Wyoming
Date: 2018-05-14
Location: High alpine zone, Banff N.P., Alberta.
Date: 2013-08-13
Location: My garden, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; zone 3.
Date: 2013-08-14 
Purchased plant; first season in the rock garden.  NB.  Was suppo
Location: My Garden
Date: 2013-06-07
Location: Silky phacelia (Phacelia sericea) on Olympic National Forest Mount Townsend Trail
Date: 2010-07-27
Photo courtesy of: Miguel Vieira
Location: Montane zone, Kananaskis P.P., Alberta.
Date: 2011-07-02
  • Posted by Johannian (The Black Hills, SD - Zone 4b) on Jan 9, 2022 6:07 PM concerning plant:
    Range: southern British Columbia to northeastern California; east to Alberta; south in the mountains to Colorado.
Plant Events from our members
MrsBinWY On January 6, 2019 Seeds sown
WS eight (8x5) 2.25" pots, seeds from 2018G
MrsBinWY On April 15, 2017 Potted up
29; planted most of these out throughout summer of 2017 & gave a few away
MrsBinWY On February 20, 2017 Seeds germinated
Several seeds had germinated in the fridge at week 5. Put everything in a milk jug.
MrsBinWY On January 16, 2017 Seeds sown
Z3, P, L, 3:6w (baggie in fridge), seeds from Alplains, ~40
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