Phacelia campanularia

Phacelia campanularia is a stunning large flowered deep blue plant, often called the desert bluebell which is a wild flower of California. More
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Phacelia campanularia is a stunning large flowered gentian blue plant, often called the desert bluebell which is a wild flower of California. It is perfect for sowing into any gaps in your borders for almost instant marvellous colour.

It is also a good attractant of beneficial insects and pollinators and is widely used in California on farms and organic vineyards.

I've just finished writing a book about Vita Sackville-West and this was one of her all time favourite plants. We should grow it more.

Genus Phacelia campanularia
Type Hardy Annual
Common Name Desert Bluebell
Border Position Middle, Front
Soil Type Sandy, Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 25-30cm (10-12in)
Spacing 20-25cm (8-10in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting April-June direct
Care Tips This is a great plant for very dry areas, and is drought tolerant. This can be grown in a container pot.
Flowering 12 weeks from sowing, flowers will produce for 3-4 months.
Vase Life This will last 5 days in the vase. No conditioning required.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
Advice
The Cinderella of green manures

Phacelia tancetifolia is a wonderful annual flowering plant that deserves to be used much more often, both in the garden and allotment.

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Amazing colour!

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Reviewed 29th June 2016 by Antonia Hammond

Sown direct last month in Scotland (during a warm spell!) into courtyard raised bed, germinated easily and now starting to flower! Really lovely, no doubt will use again.

Phacelia campanularia

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Reviewed 24th June 2015 by Mrs. Irene Nokes

I grew these from seed and I'm delighted with these beautiful flowers. I've never seen them before,quite suprised as they are the most vivid blue colour and have been grown in very shallow soil where nothing else will grow. As a bonus the bees love them.

Bee magnet

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Reviewed 16th January 2015 by SL

One of the best bee attracting plants and so pretty. I grow it in pots with tiny campanulas, annual viper bugloss or for contrast with shorter calendulas. Lovely on its own too.