(if you donate 10 dollars or more ... you will receive a small selection of seeds for the bees)
Very attractive annual plant which is listed as one of the top 20 honeyproducing flowers for honeybees. Very rich in both nectar and pollen the lavender-coloured flowers attract bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects like a magnet. This erect annual with finely cut leaves and very dense, curved spikes of beautiful, soft lavender, bell-shaped flowers makes an excellent cut flower and has a long vase-life and strong stems. It was originally native to the Southwestern United States and northern Mexico, but it is now used in many places in agriculture as a cover crop, a bee plant, an attractant for other beneficial insects, as a green manure and an ornamental plant. It is planted in vineyards and alongside crop fields, where it is valued for its long, coiling inflorescences of nectar-rich flowers which open in sequence, giving a long flowering period. It is a good insectary plant, attracting pollinators such as honey bees. Approximately 25000 seeds in 50 g packet for ~15 sq.m.
Genus - Phacelia Species - Tanacetifolia Common name - Purple Tansy Pre-Treatment - Not-required Plant type - Annual flower Hardiness zones - 3 - 10 Exposure - Full Sun Height - 0,60 - 0,90 m Growth rate - Fast Bloom season - June - September
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Lavender, blue Soil PH - Acid, neutral, alkaline Soil type - Most soil types, particularly dry soil Water requirements - High Landscape uses - Green Manure, Bee Plant, Butterfly Garden, Wildflower Gardens or Wildlife Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower Arranging
GERMINATION INSTRUCTIONS : Sow from March to late September in depth of 2 cm. Lightly water in. Germinates even in lower temperatures.