General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 1-4 feet
Plant Spread: 12-18 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Uses: Good as a cover crop
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide darkness
Pollinators: Hoverflies
Moths and Butterflies
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Victory Seed Company sells seeds of Bee's Friend (Phacelia tanacetifolia).

Common names
  • Bee's Friend
  • Lacy Phacelia
  • Purple Tansy
  • Fiddleneck
  • Lacy Scorpion-weed

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  • Posted by Ispahan (Chicago - Zone 6a) on Jun 15, 2012 10:52 AM concerning plant:
    I planted this plant after it was recommended in several books and online forums as being attractive to pollinators. After all, one of its common names is "bee's friend." In reality, however, I have found it to be far less attractive and far less popular with bees than the borage (Borago officinalis) I have planted. This phacelia has a weedy, rangy, brittle growth habit and the flowers, while interesting, do not really look good in a garden setting, even in a very informal cottage-y one like mine.

    I pride myself in keeping a meticulously weed free garden, and I have been embarrassed to have many people point out the phacelia asking me why am I letting weeds grow freely in my garden. Even in full bloom, it is rather a pathetic sight.

    If this plant decides to self sow, I will let the resulting seedling grow. But I will not plant this on purpose ever again. Borage--itself a bit coarse and weedy-- has much more garden oomph and swarms with bees.
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