PHACELIA tanacetifolia (Lacy Phacelia) is an annual flowering plant native to western North America. It is known for its delicate, lacy foliage and clusters of purple-blue flowers that attract pollinators.
Lacy Phacelia is an annual plant that typically grows to a height of 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 cm) with a spread of about 1 foot (30 cm). It has deeply lobed, fern-like leaves that give it a lacy appearance. The leaves are typically medium green in color. This species is commonly found in open grasslands, meadows, and disturbed areas. It thrives in well-drained soil and can tolerate a range of light conditions, from full sun to partial shade.
The flowers of Phacelia tanacetifolia are small and trumpet-shaped, with clusters of blooms arranged in coiled or helical inflorescences. The flowers are typically a vivid shade of purple-blue, though some varieties may have pink or white flowers. They are attractive to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Lacy Phacelia typically blooms from late spring to early summer, with the flowering period lasting for several weeks. The exact timing may vary depending on the climate and growing conditions.
Lacy Phacelia is highly valued for its ability to attract pollinators, especially bees, which are crucial for plant reproduction and the maintenance of ecosystems. The plant produces nectar and pollen-rich flowers that provide a food source for pollinators.
Lacy Phacelia is often grown as a cover crop or as a beneficial plant in gardens and landscapes due to its pollinator-attracting qualities. It is relatively easy to grow from seed and adapts well to various soil types.
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Scientific Name: Phacelia Tanacetifolia
Common Name: Lacy Phacelia
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: United States, Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Maine, Oregon, Nevada
Habitat: Open flats and slopes below 4000 ft
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Spring to Summer
Attracts: Honeybees, Bumblebees
Resistant: Drought, Deer
Flower Shape: Bell Shaped
Flower Color: Blue
Water Requirement: Low
Soil Type: Rocky or Sandy
Soil pH: 6.4-8.6
Advantage: Low maintenance, Easy to grow, Fast grower
Uses: City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden