Scientific Name: Phacelia congesta
Common Names: Caterpillars, Blue Curls
Many species of grow in Texas. Some have larger flowers or leaves shaped differently, but they all have the distinctive tightly curled flower head. The plant may grow to 30 inches tall, and branches only at the flower heads. Flowers are blue to lavender. They grow at the top of the plant, tightly curled in a flower head that unfolds as the many buds bloom. Each flower has five petals and five stamens. Stamens are conspicuous by their yellow anthers. Leaves alternate.
Bloom Color(s): yellow, purple
Plant Height: to 3 ft.
Bloom Period: March to May
Plant Family: Hydrophyllaceae
Growth Habit: Forb/herb
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