Lacy Phacelia

Certified Organic

Phacelia tanacetifolia

Also called Bee's Friend. A highly beneficial flower for pollinators and soil building.

If you have been looking for a flower that offers a trifecta of usefulness, look no further than Lacy Phacelia. Also known as Bee's Friend and Lacy Tansy, you can protect and renew your garden bed soils while providing a needed nectar source for pollinators, a beautiful living landscape for your yard, and cut flowers for your home.

Cover crops, while immensely useful in maintaining soil health, don't necessarily conjure up visions of ethereal elegance. But Phacelia, a well known cover crop in Europe (though originally a Southwest native), is finding its way into American gardens for its delicate beauty and irresistible sweet bee nectar. It produces nectar 24 hours a day, and pollinators prefer it over other crops. It provides a great amount of bio-mass and winter kills, making it easy to deal with in the spring. And if that isn't enough, the blooms are quick, elegant, unfurling spirals of lavender loveliness. Plus their long sturdy stems and ferny foliage make them a great cut flower.


Art Pack (500 seeds) $4.79 In Stock

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Direct sow in well prepared garden bed in early spring. Sow ¼˝ deep. Space every 1-2˝ for an insectary crop, more densely for a cover crop.

Days to Germination 3-10 days
Days to Maturity 60 days
Planting Depth ½"
Spacing in Row 1-6"
Spacing Between Rows 12"
Height at Maturity 32"
Width at Maturity 10"

Artwork by Frances Gaffney. Her large watercolor painting depicts a celestial Phacelia flower head hovering over a Hudson Valley farm covered in blooms. It reaches out in all directions, beckoning bees, healing the land, and eventually fading into the sky.

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