Definition of phacelia in English:



  • A herbaceous American plant with clustered blue, violet, or white flowers.

    • ‘This year I'm using winter tares - a winter hardy vetch which will fix nitrogen and provide good protection, but in the past I've also used clovers, buckwheat, phacelia and grazing rye.’
    • ‘Silky phacelia stood purple and straight, pussy toes bowed their heads.’
    • ‘On the desert floor all around us blossomed yellow desert dandelions and purple phacelias.’
    • ‘In the more stabilized dune sections, the tawny sands flare with color, thanks to the blossoms of desert gold, pink desert sand verbena, and purple phacelia.’
    • ‘Phacelia is a genus made up of about 150 species, It is well represented in our mountains where several phacelias are quite showy plants.’


Modern Latin, from Greek phakelos cluster.