Phacelia tanacetifolia has many names including Lacy Phacelia, Bee Phacelia, Blue Tansy, Facelia, and Fiddleneck.  The annual flower is grown in Europe and its use is increasing in the United States.   The flower grows easily from seed just sow the seeds directly on top of the soil after the last frost.  This annual grows to be about 24-26” tall. The flowers have clusters of pretty purple blooms that are attractive to bees and other pollinators.  Each flower is just under a centimeter long and has protruding whiskery stamens.  The plant blooms in the summer.  It is a fast-growing plant and low maintenance.  It is often used in a seed mix of cover crops.  It is drought tolerant and prefers full sun.  It can grow in both sandy and rocky soil.  It does not do well in wet conditions.   It is hardy for zones 1-10.

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  • Sep 28

    Is this a perennial? Thanks!

    It is a groundcover rose shrub that is hardy for zones 4 - 11. It does come back every year and is winter hardy.

  • Feb 22

    What zones can the California Lilac grow in. I live in zone 6, Kentucky. Thank you for helping me.

    The hardiness zones for this plant are 8 - 10.  There are different types of this plant so there might be one that works for you.  Here is more information.

  • Mar 15

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