Lacy phacelia, or Phacelia tanacetifolia, is a blue-violet wildflower that can beautify any home garden or natural landscape. It is native California and southwestern regions of the United States. It is an annual flowering plant that blooms between the warmer months of March, April, and May. It can grow up to 3 feet in height as seen in the image.
Lacy phacelia is an incredibly beautiful and striking flowering plant that is considered to be a bedding plant, much like the California poppy. In fact, due to their need for similar weather, soil, sun, and watering conditions, California poppies and Lacy phacelia are often planted adjacent to each other as shown below. Their opposing petal colors also make them incredibly visually appealing. In addition to this, Lacy phacelia is also a heavy nectar producer, attracting a myriad of different pollinator species such as
honey bees and butterflies. Oftentimes, lacy phacelia is considered to be the honey plant due to the fact that it is one of the top twenty flowers that are used to produce honey.
Planting Lacy phacelia in your home garden may be incredibly beneficial for both pollinators and the surrounding flowers alike. Since Lacy phacelia are incredibly attractive to bees and butterflies and by adding them to home gardens it increases the likelihood of the surrounding flowering plants or vegetables to be pollinated as well! Adding these wildflowers to your gardens or flower beds not only adds beauty, but also fosters an ecosystem for pollinators to thrive!