Phacelia congesta

Common Name:  Blue Curls, Spike Phacelia

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young inflorescences with a few brand new flowers--do you see how the inflorescences have the shape of a scorpion's tail?  This type of inflorescence is called a scorpioid cyme (pronounced "sime"). flowers showing exserted stamens (meaning the stamens stick out past the edge of the corolla tube)
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Phacelia congesta is described as "variously pubescent" - Can you see why? These are not stinging hairs. habit (sorry for the high contrast!)
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How would you describe this leaf?
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