- Purple phacelia (Phacelia bipinnatifida) is a biennial plant that blooms mid-spring and is known for its gorgeous lavender flowers. This particular plant is known for blooming large quantities of flowers.
Purple Phacelia is gorgeous perennial with deep purple color
Purple phacelia, or phacelia tanacetifolia, is also known as blue tansy, purple tansy, and lacy phacelia. The 100 centimeters tall herb resembles a thistle and grows annually in the wild, producing vivid purple colored flowers which are divided up into several different clusters of lobes. The word phacelia comes from the Greek language and refers to "bundle," which represents the shape of the flowers, and the world tanacetifolia refers to the fact that it resembles the genus of Tanacetum which includes over 250 types of flowers. The purple phacelia belongs to the Hydrophyllaceae family of flowers or waterleaf family. The flower can be found growing naturally in the wilderness of over a dozen US states and is a native to at least five as well as parts of northern Mexico. The favored habitat of the purple phacelia is rocky, sandy, and otherwise dry soil in the open sun but oddly enough has been known to do well in other environments such as moist woodlands with cool rich.
Purple Phacelia is easy to grow and great for first time gardeners
It is commonly found in out the Blue Ridge Mountains (the Appalachian mountain range). Blooming times include March, April, May, and June. As an annual herb, this particular species of phacelia will propagate itself from the seeds that it dropped in the previous year if it is left to its own devices. Modernly the plant is widely used as a bee attractant due to its heavy nectar production, as well as an attractant to other insects such as hoverflies which make a positive impact on local agricultural operations by consuming insects which are damaging to local crops. It can also be used as a type of natural, or "green," fertilizer quite successfully. It is also known as one of the top 20 most widely used flowers in producing honey in the United States which has dubbed it the nickname "the honey plant."
If you are looking for something unusual for "that" spot on your property, don't look any further, until you have a chance to discover the Purple Phacelia
An annual- biennial wildflower; biennial because you will first enjoy the purple landscaping and then a green carpet of fern all in one year. They can be planted by themselves or mixed in with other biennials or perennials, for a remarkable colorful display. They make a pretty coverage from spring to fall. Purple Phacelia, Phacelia meaning "cluster" in Greek, simply because the flowers grow in beautiful clusters of light purple, lavender blooms. The flowers are almost an inch wide with a star-shaped white center and long protruding hairy fibers and release a pleasant aroma when mature. Purple Phacelia are commonly called "purple tansy" and "fern leaf Phacelia" because of the fern looking green leaves.
The Purple Phacelia are common in the South East of the United States where the climate is more favorable to them but are very hardy and can be found in zone 3-10. Easy to grow, sow the seeds 1/4 inches deep and space or thin them to 4-8 inches. They will germinate in 12-30 days. They do not require any particular soil and do well just about anywhere, semi-shade exposure and average, moist environment a plus. The first year, the leaves will grow to about five inches. The following spring, flowers will bloom and last all summer long. Leaves will reach from 12 to 15 inches in height in maturity. Bees love the ample long lasting purple flowers of the Phacelia and is considered one of the best annual pollinator attractors of all. You can purchase the Purple Phacelia seeds from any reputable flower and garden supplies and online as well. And once planted you can make your seeds.
Purple Phacelia ships as Bare Root