Phacelia

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Quick Facts:

    • Hardy annual
    • Pale mauve-blue
    • Attracts bees
    • Grows to 23cm
    • Can be used as cover crop

Phacelia

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Phacelia tanacetifolia. Pale, mauve-blue, fragrant flowers unfold like ferns at the top of long leafy stems and attracts bees from miles around. The delicate, lacy foliage bears a resemblance to yarrow. It fits in the vegetable garden as a cover crop or in a garden bed for quirky purple flowers. Direct sow Phacelia seeds at three week intervals from April to June and expect a staggered, much extended bloom period. Phacelia grows to 23cm (9") in full sun or part shade. Plant Phacelia any place where pollination has not been sufficient, as it is such a lure for pollinators. It's a good companion plant for any of the Cucurbits - cucumbers, melons, and squashes.

If planting as a cover crop, use 1.8 to 2.2kg per acre. Denser planting will control weeds.

Annual

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0.5g (approx. 270 seeds) FL3445A $3.19 In stock $0.00
2g (approx. 1080 seeds) FL3445B $5.49 In stock $0.00
15g (approx. 8100 seeds) FL3445C $7.99 In stock $0.00
100g (approx. 54000 seeds) FL3445D $16.99 In stock $0.00
500g (approx. 270000 seeds) FL3445E $48.99 In stock $0.00
18160g (approx. 9806400 seeds) FL3445F $674.99 In stock $0.00
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Quick Facts:

    • Hardy annual
    • Pale mauve-blue
    • Attracts bees
    • Grows to 23cm
    • Can be used as cover crop

How To Grow

This annual is one of the best of all pollinator attractors of all. Bees simply love the ample, long-lasting, purple flowers. It is often called Phacelia, Purple Tansy, Scorpion flower, or heliotrope. It is easy to plant and grow Phacelia seeds.

Latin
Phacelia tanacetifolia
Family: Boraginaceae

Difficulty
Easy

Season & Zone
Exposure: Full sun
Zone: 3-10

Timing
No need to start Phacelia indoors. Direct sow every couple of weeks from last frost (end of March on the coast) to mid-June. This will produce a full summer of flowers. Seeds will germinate in 12-30 days.

Starting
Sow 5mm (¼”) deep, and space or thin to 10-20cm (4-8″) apart.

Growing
Ordinary, well-drained garden soil is what makes Phacelia thrive. It will die back during a long, hot stretch of weather, so it’s ideal for the cooler seasons of spring and fall. Plants may self sow.

Note: Some people have a bad skin reaction to the plants, so wear gloves when pulling out finished plants.

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