Also known as
Blue Tansy, Purple Tansy, Fiddleneck
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3 months to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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Lacy Phacelia Overview
Phacelia tanacetifolia is a hardy annual from the Boraginaceae family. It is used in many places in agriculture as a cover crop, a bee plant, an attractant for other beneficial insects, and an ornamental plant. Commonly known as a green manure, by the names Purple Tansy, Lacy Phacelia or Fiddleneck. It is planted in vineyards and alongside crop fields, where it is valued for its long, coiling flower clusters of nectar-rich flowers. The blooms open in sequence, giving a long flowering period. It is a good insectary plant, attracting pollinators such as honey bees. Phacelia tanacetifolia is a species in the Boraginaceae (Borage) family known by the common name Lacy Phacelia.
Common problems with Lacy Phacelia
Generally problem free.
How to harvest Lacy Phacelia
If using as a green manure, dig into the soil before it flowers or cut down and compost the foliage.
How to propagate Lacy Phacelia
Sow outdoors in late autumn or germinate in cool temperatures in darkness for the first 24 hrs.
Special features of Lacy Phacelia
Attracts useful insects
It attracts bees and hoverflies (family Syrphidae), which are useful as biological pest control agents because they eat aphids and other pests.
Other uses of Lacy Phacelia
Walls, rock garden, green manure, bees and other beneficial insects for the vegetable garden.
Flowers to Sow Outside in October
Direct sow these during October where you want them to flower next year!