California Bluebell Seeds

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This little beauty is a desert native, but opens its inky blue flowers in any region. For front of meadows. Early. Annual.

Zones 1 - 10
Advantages
Native
Native
Extended Blooms
Extended Blooms
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 8-20 inches tall
Bloom Time Summer
SKU PHCG
This delicate desert plant blooms almost overnight with one of the richest, inky-blue flowers in the plant kingdom. Of course, it is drought-resistant, but responds to normal rainfall and watering, forgetting all about its desert home. Also called Desert Bell, or Desert Bluebell, this little wildflower is a treat for Easterners and Midwesterners who have rarely seen it. Along with wild baby’s breath (Gypsophila elegans), this is the very earliest bloom in newly-seeded meadows.
Associated SKUs
PHCG
PHCQP (1/4 Pound)
PHCLB (1 Pound)
Common Name California Bluebell or Desert Bluebell
Botanical Name Phacelia campanularia
Seed Life Cycle Annuals
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Blue
Mature Height 8-20 inches tall
Bloom Time Summer
Ships As Seed
Coverage 1/4 lb covers 3,630 sq ft.
1 lb covers 14,520 sq ft.
Seeds Per Pound 907,184
Soil Moisture Dry
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Native To North America
Native To Southwestern United States
Native Yes
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West
Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Advantages Native, Extended Blooms
Is It Storable? Yes - You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Canada Yes

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American MeadowsCalifornia Bluebell Seeds
 
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3.0

Nice plant, tricky to establish

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from Portland, OR

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Pros

  • Vivid Colors

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large Areas

    Comments about American Meadows California Bluebell Seeds:

    I mass planted this over a large area and got very little successful establishment. I think there are a few relevant factors behind my poor luck: 1) a much colder/wetter/longer spring than normal; 2) I planted it pre-maturely; 3)germination rates maybe a little low; 4)it doesn't seem all that competitive when planted with other species.

    I'm trying it again this coming year and will modify planting plans somewhat. One critical factor here in the Maritime Northwest seems to be spring planting -- unlike some of our other annuals that do fine when fall planted.

     
    4.0

    California Bluebells

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    from Southern Arizona

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    Pros

    • Attractive

    Cons

    • Modest germination rate

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows California Bluebell Seeds:

    A lovely plant. I didn't get as many as I'd hoped for the first year so those that germinated and bloomed were treasured all the more. I will plant more this year, knowing that the germination rate is on the low side.

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    4.0

    Great Germination Rate!

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    from Dexter, MI

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    • Accurate Instructions

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        Comments about American Meadows California Bluebell Seeds:

        I started a pot of California Bluebell in my greenhouse. Germination was almost 100% in just four days. I can't wait to see these bloom!I'll be planting a 80'x80' plot shortly for early forage for my Honeybees.gerrynavarre[@]

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        USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

        To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

        • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
        • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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