Taxon: Phacelia tanacetifolia Benth.

Genus: Phacelia
Family: Hydrophyllaceae
Nomen number: 27492
Place of publication: J. Lindley, Edwards's Bot. Reg. 20: t. 1696. 1834 (Trans. Linn. Soc. London 17:280; Trans. Hort. Soc. London 1:479. 1835)
Comment: authorship and place of publication verified from original literature
Name Verified on: 12-May-1992 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 10-May-2007
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7)
Accessions: 3 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Bee plants: honey production (fide Hortus 3; Pl Book; F Eur)
  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard; F CalifJep)
  • Environmental: soil improver (as cover crop fide Cover Crop Database)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (contaminant of crop & grass seed fide F BritStace; F SonorDes)

Distributional Range:


  • Northern America

    • Northern Mexico: Mexico - Baja Norte
    • Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - Arizona, - California, - Nevada

  • Naturalized:

  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia - New South Wales, - South Australia
    • New Zealand: New Zealand
  • Europe

    • Southeastern Europe: Bulgaria
    • Southwestern Europe: France

  • Cultivated:

    . also cult.


  • Asia-Temperate

    • Western Asia: Cyprus
  • Europe

    • Southeastern Europe: Italy


  • Aldén, B., S. Ryman, & M. Hjertson Svensk Kulturväxtdatabas, SKUD (Swedish Cultivated and Utility Plants Database; online resource on 2012 (Kulturvaxtdatabas)
  • Allan, H. H. B. et al. Flora of New Zealand. 1961- (F NZeal)
  • Demilly, D. et al. Liste alphabétique des principales espèces de plantes cultivées et de mauvaises herbes. Noms latins et noms français, ed. 7. 2001 (L Noms French ed7)
  • Erhardt, W. et al. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen. 2008 (Zander Ency)
  • Greuter, W. et al., eds. Med-Checklist. 1984- (L Medit)
  • Hickman, J. C., ed. The Jepson manual: higher plants of California. 1993 (F CalifJep)
  • Hnatiuk, R. J. Census of Australian vascular plants. Australian Flora and Fauna Series No. 11. (L Aust)
  • Huxley, A., ed. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening. 1992 (Dict Gard)
  • Integrated Botanical Information System (IBIS) Australian plant common name database (on-line resource). (Aust Pl Common Names)
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium Hortus third. 1976 (Hortus 3)
  • Rehm, S. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants. 1994 (Dict Rehm)
  • Shreve, F. & I. L. Wiggins Vegetation and flora of the Sonoran desert. (F SonorDes)
  • Stace, C. New flora of the British Isles. (F BritStace)
  • Tutin, T. G. et al., eds. Flora europaea. 1964-1980 (F Eur)
  • University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program UC SAREP on-line cover crop database (on-line resource). (Cover Crop Database)
  • Wiggins, I. L. Flora of Baja California. (F Baja)

Check other web resources for Phacelia tanacetifolia Benth. :


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image