May 28, 2017

Shy and Small

Barbara Lyon Photo | Phacelia hastata - silver-leaf phacelia

Barbara Lyon Photo | Phacelia hastata – silver-leaf phacelia

Let’s say you are at an elevation of 6,000 feet. What do you see? If you are in the western portion of the United States and Canada, you might see Phacelia hastata, or silver-leaf phacelia. This member of the Boraginaceae family (think borage and forget-me-not) usually grows erect, but sometimes is decumbent, with its flowers in a tight cluster and its stems and leaves covered with stiff hairs. It is found in mid- to alpine elevations. This specimen was photographed by Barbara Lyon in Idaho at 6,000 feet. It is, she wrote, “shy and small.”

Submitted by Barbara Lyon

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