The blossom no self-respecting pollinator can resist!
Highly attractive to honeybees, bumblebees, and syrphid flies, whose larva are voracious feeders on aphids and young caterpillars. Phacelia is widely adaptable and tolerates drought better than most, but requires dark and a little cool for good germination, so bury seed at least ¼ inch deep. Often grown together with buckwheat, which acts as a nurse crop for the slower germinating phacelia. Once established, the phacelia will take over the planting and flower over a long season. But a word of caution - don't put in a big planting too close to a crop you need pollinated as you'll draw off all your worker bees! Seeding rate: 7-12 lbs/acre, 1/4 lb/1000 sq ft.