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Californian Bluebell,St. Lawrence, Isle of Wight

Observed: 24th July 2013 By: David Trevan
Isle of Wight Natural History & Archaeological Soc
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We often see Phacelia tanacetifolia on iSpot.This is it's much classier relative, a gorgeous hardy annual from S. California, which gardeners grow in hardy annual borders.The flower colour is an intense blue which in my opinion rivals Gentiana,I have tried various camera settings to bring out the blue colouration(not always successfully). Can be seen very successfully at the Eden project in the Chaparral section.Sadly, not long lived but once you sow it
It can self seed in good years.

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Rachy Ramone's picture

Wow!

What a gorgous colour!

*books ferry armed with seed-collecting bag*
(only joking!)

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY

David Trevan's picture

Phacelia campanularia

Yes the colour is gorgeous, probably my favourite exotic annual plant but you don't really need to make a trip to the IOW for seed, it is often sold in garden centres where this seed came from and will flower in a few weeks after sowing!

David J Trevan

Rachy Ramone's picture

*cancels ferry booking*

My mistake, thought it was a wild flower, didn't realise it was commercially available.

I don't normally "bother" with annuals, but that is such a superb colour that this time, I might just go and find some.

So thank you for bringing it to my attention!

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY