Aka “Bee’s Friend.” Bees go bananas for these whorls of lacy purple flowers. 2-3′ tall, fast-growing plants attract dozens of pollinating species that result in a stunning chorus of varied buzzes. A local beekeeper here on Whidbey Island plants acres of Phacelia for his honey production. We plant it near brassica crops to attract parasitic wasps, syrphid flies and other beneficial insects that prey on aphids and other pests. Can also be sown as a great, quick-growing, summer cover crop.
Days to Maturity: 75-80
Latin name: Phacelia tanacetifolia
Life cycle: Annual
Direct seed as soon as soil can be worked. Plant every 6 weeks for continual blooms. Seeding depth: ¼”. Seeding rate: 1”. Row spacing: 18”.
For more tips on when to plant flower seed, check out our NW Flower Planting Calendar!
All of our seed is Non-GMO and Certified Organic by Washington State Department of Agriculture. We grow the majority of our varieties here at Deep Harvest Farm on Whidbey Island while we purchase the rest from other small, organic Northwest seed growers. Finally, all of our offerings are open-pollinated (OP) so that you too can save and share seed from these plants!