Irish wildflowers

Photos: roadside County Cork

Phacelia tanacetifolia
Family: Hydrophyllaceae

Flowering July-September. Annual. Garden escape. Introduced.

Curved racemes of bell-shaped lavender-blue flowers. Often self-sows. Flowers provide good source of nectar for bees and other insects. Height to 75cm.

Grows in moist, well-drained soil in sun or light shade. Casual garden escape, sometimes included in wildflower seed mixtures. Also sown as a green manure crop and as a 'bee plant'.



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