Flower of the Month

Lacy Phacelia

Phacelia tanacetifolia

A total crowdpleaser! Lacy Phacelia, also known as Purple Tansy, is amazingly simple to grow. Really, just pop it into the ground and up it comes! Loves sunshine, grows to about 2 ft tall in a few weeks and then it starts to flower. The flowers are sort of like sword ferns in that they unfurl as they bloom, going from a little bud to a lyre shaped flower. And along the way it is COVERED with all kinds of pollinators. In a 5 minute observation time I counted 3 species of bumble bees, honey bees and 4 other bees, plus a butterfly. It blooms for several weeks in May and June on long stems and can be a cut flower too. 

Far left top, an early male bee (see the long antennae?) stops by one evening. Possibly B. Flavifons. 

Far left bottom, each bee gets a flower! two B. vesnesenskii  and a honey bee sip nectar. 

Left, how the plant looks from further away. The stalks are 2-3 feet high, very sturdy standing, and sway gently in the breeze. 

National Pollinator Week!

Want to find out about pollinators?

 Luckily we have three bee cities near us, Wilsonville, Tualatin and West Linn!

Check our what they have going on the week of June 15th.

© 2019 Carol Yamada

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