Phacelia / scorpionweed
Common Name: Scorpionweed
Phacelia species are excellent spring bee plants, providing an important nectar and pollen source for many early season native bees. Bumble bees are frequent visitors, as well as mining (genus Andrena) and mason (genus Osmia) bees.
The seeds of many annual varieties, including tansy phacelia, are easy to sow directly in the ground, resulting in prolific spring blooms.
Throughout North America, with the exception of Florida, parts of northern New England and eastern Canada
Most regions of North America
Some Phacelia species are perennial, but most are annual species
Full sun or sun to partial shade in hotter locations
Average to dry
The most attractive species are native to the western United States but have been widely introduced elsewhere. Particularly attractive species include:
Phacelia tanacetipholia (tansy or lacy phacelia)
Phacelia distans (distant phacelia)
Phacelia campanularia (desert bluebells)
Phacelia cicutaria (caterpillar phacelia)