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Hydrophyllaceae / Waterleaf
Miami mist (Phacelia purshii)
Plant Type: This is a herbaceous plant, it is a annual which can reach 50cm in height (20inches). The stem may be branched and has flattened hairs.
Leaves: The leaves are alternate. Leaves can reach 4.5cm in length (1.8inches). Each leaf is pinnately divided.
Flowers: The flowers have 5 Regular Parts and are up to 1.3cm wide (0.5 inches). They are light blue sometimes white. Blooms first appear in mid spring and continue into early summer. The petals are fringed. The flower cluster of ten to thirty flowers is coiled at first.
Habitat: Moist woods and fields.
Range: Mainly from Tennessee and Kentucky. Known in scattered locations in surrounding states and as far north as Pennsylvania.

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Similar Species: Fringed Phacelia AKA Blue Ridge Phacelia (Phacelia fimbriata) is the only other Phacelia with fringed petals. The flowers are usually white, sometimes lavender with five to fifteen per head. It is generally smaller with weaker stems. Mountains on banks or alluvial soils.

See: Fern-leaved Phacelia, Phacelia bipinnatifida



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This plant is common in parts of Tennessee and Kentucky and rare elsewhere. This photo taken in Cedars of Lebanon State Park in Tennessee in mid April.


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More Info:  
The Search below may provide more information about this species. Some of URLs may have been used as a source for this page not otherwise cited. Most of the information not cited comes from multiple sources that can be found in the Books page. The USDA plant links are provided by: USDA, NRCS 1999. The PLANTS database (http://plants.usda.gov/). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA. You can check species names at ITIS Advanced Search to see if they meet the current ITIS taxonomic criteria.
 

By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.


Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.



Classification:  
Kingdom
Plantae
Plants
|Division
Magnoliophyta
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
|Class
Magnoliopsida
Dicots / Two Seed Leaves
|Subclass
Asteridae
Aster
||Family
Hydrophyllaceae
Waterleaf
|Subfamily

|Tribe

|Genus
Phacelia
Phacelia

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