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Phacelia

Phacelia is a genus of about 200 species of annual, biennial or perennial herbaceous plants, native to North and South America. Effective at preventing nitrogen leaching and suppressing weeds, they feature pinnately divided leaves and racemes or panicles of tubular or bell-shaped blue, white or yellow flowers. Their eye catching flowers are an excellent source of high quality nectar and pollen and particularly great at attracting bees and other beneficial insects to the garden.

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Phacelia californica (California Phacelia)

Phacelia californica (California Phacelia) is a decumbent to erect perennial boasting dense, tightly coiled clusters of pale blue to lavender flowers with long, conspicuous stamens. Resembling the tail of a scorpion, they provide pollen and nectar for native bees and other beneficial insects during an extended blooming period. The flowers provide an important nectar source for the endangered Mission blue butterfly.

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Phacelia campanularia (Desert Bluebell)

Phacelia campanularia (Desert Bluebell) is a cool season annual boasting attractive clusters of bell-shaped, cobalt blue flowers, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), adorned with protruding stamens with light-colored anthers.

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Phacelia hastata (Silverleaf Phacelia)

Phacelia hastata (Silverleaf Phacelia) is a tap-rooted perennial boasting dense, tightly coiled clusters of purple flowers with long, conspicuous stamens. Resembling the tail of a scorpion, they provide pollen and nectar for native bees and other beneficial insects during an extended blooming period.

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Phacelia sericea (Silky Phacelia)

A magnificent plant for a dry rockery, Phacelia sericea (Silky Phacelia) is a long-lived perennial boasting short cylindrical clusters densely packed with purple flowers with long, conspicuous, purple stamens and yellow anthers.

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Phacelia tanacetifolia (Fiddleneck)

Native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, Phacelia tanacetifolia (Fiddleneck) is a terrific beneficial-insect plant and one of the very best bee plants. It is also very ornamental with its abundant and long-lasting fiddlehead clusters of lavender-blue, bell-shaped flowers with long stamens that gracefully extend well beyond the flowers.

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