Phacelia, 'Bee's Friend'

(Phacelia tanacetifolia) Ok. Yeah, yeah I know. Your Anise Hyssop attracts a lot of bees, and your Borage too. But honestly, you ain’t seen nothing until you plant a swath of this in your garden. Put in a clump of it and if there is a bee within 2 miles of your garden it will come, and if there are lots of bees living nearby….you will HEAR the patch 50’ before you get there. It’s ridiculous really. When we first started growing it, we actually started to worry at the farm that the other crops wouldn’t get pollinated because the bees were spending all their time in the Phacelia. It’s a lovely plant to boot, with lacy fern-like leaves and a fiddlehead of buds that unfurl with a succession of delicate lavender blooms. Attracts aphid-hungry syrphid flies in droves and functions well as aphid control when co-planted in alternating beds with blocks of brassicas. High-quality pollen and nectar. Flowers over a long period of time. Delightful. Wonderful. Love it. Makes a wonderful cut flower if, that is, you feel ok depriving all those lovelies of even a single drop...18"-3' tall.
75-85 days. UO

Packet: 250 seeds


Product Code: PHA-BF-pkt

Availability:In stock

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Growing Info


Sow indoors 4 weeks before your last frost.

Transplant out after last frost or after your last hard frost.

Direct seed in early Spring (we direct seed).

Note: Cold hardy to light frosts. Will reseed abundantly.




8-12" between plants in rows 8-10" apart.


10-20 days @ soil temp 55-65F


Full sun to part shade


Average. Grow in all soils including low moisture and poor soils  although well-drained and evenly moist soil is preferred.


While not absolutely necessary, these benefit from support to keep them upright and tidy.

Attracts pollinators in droves!

Harvest flowers when just opening and expect a vase life of 7-10 days.