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Purple Tansy (Phacelia Tanacetifolia)

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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.

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