Purple Tansy

Purple Tansy

SKU: FL3445
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. Read More

Exposure Full-sun

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More details about Purple Tansy

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 Purple Tansy seeds at three week intervals from April to June and expect a staggered, much extended bloom period. Phacelia grows to 60cm (24")  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 2.2kg per acre. Denser planting will control weeds.

Annual

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Quick Facts:

    • Hardy annual
    • Pale mauve-blue
    • Attracts bees
    • Grows to 60cm (24")
    • Can be used as cover crop

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All About Purple Tansy

Latin

Latin
Phacelia tanacetifolia
Family: Boraginaceae

Difficulty

Difficulty
Easy

Season & Zone

Season & Zone
Exposure: Full sun

Timing

Timing
There is no real need to start Phacelia indoors. Direct sow every couple of weeks from last frost to mid-June. This will produce a summer full of flowers and flowers full of pollinators. Seeds will germinate in 12-30 days.

Starting

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

Growing

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. Phacelia plants may self sow.

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

How to Grow Phacelia

Step 1: Timing

There is no real need to start Phacelia indoors. Direct sow every couple of weeks from last frost to mid-June. This will produce a summer full of flowers and flowers full of pollinators. Seeds will germinate in 12-30 days.

Step 2: Starting

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

Step 3: 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. Phacelia plants may self sow.

Tip!

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

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