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Phacelia tanacetifolia

Phacelia tanacetifolia
Phacelia tanacetifolia

Common name fiddleneck
Family boraginaceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers blue
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes drought-tolerant, probably requires well-drained soil
From seed germinates quickly at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensearly July

Annual wildflower, native to the Western US desert. Named for the shape of its flowerstalk and inflorescence. The ferny foliage is in itself an asset, even while waiting for bloom.

The fading flowers are intriguing, if not exactly pretty - they look like they want to catch flies and chomp 'm up!
Phacelia tanacetifolia

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '06 trade. Baggy 70F (50%G, 4d)
  2. Seed from '07 garden. Baggy 70F (82%G, 5d). Already very long roots at 5d.
  3. Seed from '07 garden. Baggy 70F (93%G, 4d). Already very long roots at 4d.
  4. Seed from '10 garden. Baggy 70F (13%G, 3-5d)
  5. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (17%G, 3-6d)
  6. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (4%G, 3-5d)

Clothier says it needs dark to germinate.

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