Phacelia heterophylla (Scorpionweed)
Family:
Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf)
    
Scorpionweed gets its name from the coiled inflorescence which looks like the tail of a scorpion. Flowers are white or pale purple and stamens stick out from the flowers. Leaves have entire (smooth) margins except for some lower leaves which have two lobes at the base of the leaf. Stems arise from a large, conspicuous rosette of gray-green leaves. Plants can grow to 2-feet tall.

Phacelia heterophylla is almost identical to Phacelia hastata (not pictured), making it difficult to separate the species in the field.

Compare to Phacelia alba, which has pinnately divided leaves.

Compare to Phacelia denticulata, which has pinnately divided leaves and stamens which do not stick out from the flower.

Vegetation zone:  Plains, Foothills, Montane
Time of bloom:  May - July
Origin:  Native
Eastern Colorado Wildflowers