A bee magnet

This morning Phacelia tanacetifolia was furry blue blur in my garden.  Pulling  in the bees and the hover flies too.  Originally from Mexico, it is frequently planted round the headlands  of fields by organic farmers to attract pollinating insects.

We are growing it as a green manure crop.  This means that it will get dug back into the ground to increase soil fertility.


  1. Pauline says:

    What a lovely plant, blues are to be cherished as there aren’t enough of them. The fact that the bees like them makes it essential for every garden!

  2. Caro says:

    I’m wondering when is the best time to sow seed for this? I’m more likely to use this as an edging plant but do occasionally have beds that I haven’t got round to filling so it could be very useful.

    1. Hi Caro – you can sow phaceila from March right through to September.

  3. I love this…beautiful cover crop

  4. Alistair says:

    Not only does the Phacelia tanacetifolia look good, the pollinators love it and on top of this its useful as a green manure, what more could you ask for. Enjoy your visit to Bonnie Scotland, the weather has been lovely, warm without being stifling.

    1. Alistair – thank you – alas dashed through Aberdeenshire without seeing those gardens this time. Bowled over by the landscape and in this weather, the land of milk and honey.

  5. It’s lovely–a similar color to Chicory, which can serve a similar purpose and naturalizes our roadsides here in the middle part of the U.S. If the bees like it, all the better!

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