Bee's friend is a plant which belongs to the Phacelia genus.
Sold in the UK as a green manure. Attracts pollinating insects, particularly bees and hoverflies (family Syrphidae).
Leaves bear a resemblance to fern leaves. Flower stems unfurl like fern fiddleheads.
Originally from Soutwestern US and Northern MexicoBlooms appear in these approximate colours: Baby blue. Bee's friend grows as an annual and is a flower. Being an annual plant, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year. Bee's friend is known for its erect habit and growing to a height of approximately 1.22 metres (3.96 feet). This plant tends to bloom in early spring. Try planting Bee's friend if you'd like to attract bees to your garden.
United States is believed to be where Bee's friend originates from.
As Bee's friend is a low maintanence plant, it is great for beginner gardeners and those that like gardens that don't need much overseeing.
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When sown as a green manure, broadcast seed over recently watered seedbed and then lightly cover (requires dark to germinate).
By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Bee's friend about 35 days before your last frost date .
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Bee's friend so consider planting:
These plants will not grow well with Bee's friend so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Bee's friend plants:
Bee’s Friend is a translation of the german name for this plant “Bienen-Freund”.
Blue curls, Lacy phacelia, Purple Tansy
Phacelia tanacetifolia Benth.
Misspellings: fernleaf fiddleneck
Bee's friend care instructions
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