We were making our way off the stone outcrop at the Rock and Shoals Outcrop Natural Area in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, on April 29th. Venus’ Looking Glass (Triodanis perfoliata) was blooming on a ledge above the lower outcrop. I spotted a lavender flower among them that was different.
Closer inspection showed that there were lavender blooms of Spotted Phacelia (Phacelia maculata) growing among the Venus Looking Glass. Phacelia maculata is known by the common names Spotted Phacelia and Flatrock Phacelia.
The blooms. The spots are light but visible.
The raceme arrangement of blooms on the stem.
Phacelia maculata (Spotted Phacelia) is native to the southeastern states: North and South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.
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- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: Phacelia maculata (Spotted Phacelia)
- University of North Carolina Herbarium: Phacelia maculata
- Southeastern Flora: Spotted Phacelia (Phacelia maculata)
- Natural and Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia: Phacelia maculata (Flatrock Phacelia)
- 2010: Year Of The Wildflower – Wildflower Index