Lacy Phacelia (Phacelia tanacetifolia)
Lacy Phacelia's Annual U.S. Native Wildflower that has beautiful five lobed, bell shaped, lavender blue flowers that have the sweet smell of grapes. It is listed in the top 20 pollen producing flowers and attracts many beneficial insects such as butterflies, hoverflies, and bumblebees. Lacy Phacelia is also a host plant to the beneficial insect named tachinid flies who not only help pollinate, but it's larvae provide protection to Lacy Phacelia and other near by plants from aphids, armyworms, moths, beetles, sawflies, stink bugs and other insects.
Also Known As: Tansy-leafed Phacelia
Grown as: Annual
Maturity (Blooms): Late Spring, Blooms Early Summer
Hardiness: Tender. Annual that dies off in the winter and reseeds for the following year.
Light: Full sun. 6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day.
Soil Moisture: Dry. Well drained.
Suitability: Drought, Dry Soil. Sandy and gravelly soils and does not perform well under waterlogged conditions.
Attracts Beneficial Insects?: Yes. Bees, Butterflies, Hoverflies, and Tachinid Flies. Also Deer Resistant,
Containers?: Yes. This plant can be used in containers.
Sow Depth: 1/4"
USDA Zone: 3-10
Produces: fern like foliage and long unusual stamens that protrude from beautiful five lobed, bell shaped, lavender blue flowers that have the sweet smell of grapes.
Garden Uses: Butterfly & Bee Gardens