Phacelia Seeds - California Bluebell
- Seed Count: 800 seeds
- Maturity Date: 50-60 days from planting
- Plant Type: Annual
- Color: Sky-blue
- Plant Height: 12-18 inches
- Spread: 8-12 inches
- Sun Requirements: Full sun to partial shade
- Soil Requirements: Well-drained, moderately fertile soil
History: Native to the deserts of California and the Southwestern United States, Phacelia or California Bluebell has been a part of the native flora for centuries. Early Native American tribes often utilized this vibrant blue flower for its medicinal properties, and it was later adopted by settlers and gardeners alike for its aesthetic appeal. Over time, Phacelia has spread to various parts of the world, being especially valued in Europe as an ornamental garden plant. Today, it is not just celebrated for its beauty but also recognized for its role in pollinator conservation.
Uses: California Bluebells serve multiple functions in a garden setting. Their sky-blue blooms create an enchanting aesthetic that livens up any garden bed, border, or meadow. Besides their visual appeal, these plants are excellent for attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies. They are also used in rotational planting schemes to improve soil quality, owing to their deep root system that helps in soil aeration. Another beneficial use of Phacelia is as a cover crop, where its rapid growth and dense foliage help to suppress weeds effectively.
Growth Habit and Planting Instructions: Phacelia is an annual plant that typically reaches a height of 12-18 inches and spreads about 8-12 inches. They are well-suited for full sun to partial shade and adapt to a variety of soil types, though well-drained, moderately fertile soil is ideal. To plant, scatter the seeds over a prepared bed and lightly cover them with soil, aiming for a depth of about 1/8 to 1/4 inch. The seeds can be sown in early spring or late summer to early fall. Water consistently but avoid waterlogging the soil. Seedlings should appear within 7-14 days under optimal conditions. Given the relatively short maturity date of 50-60 days, these plants will provide a quick burst of color to your garden.