PHACELIA tanacetifolia

Purple Tansy



Height: 2-3' (60-90cm)
Flowering Time: Summer
Flower Colour: Mauve

Botanical Classification:


Angiospermae (Angiosperms)
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons)
Superorder: Asteridae (Daisy Superorder)
Order: Polemoniales (Jacob's Ladder Order)
Family: Hydrophyllaceae
(under the APGIII system, this plant is now in the
Boraginaceae Family)
Genus: Phacelia
Species: tanacetifolia (with leaves like Tansy)
Phacelia tanacetifolia

Phacelia tanacetifolia is a more elegant plant than the more common Phacelia campanularia we grow in our gardens. It reaches a height of a foot or more, with ferny leaves which may turn red in hot weather, and stems which are rough and slightly hairy. It bears terminal clusters of pale mauve or blue flowers, with very long stamens, in a curved raceme, like the flowers of Forget-me-Not.


Harvesting and Growing from Seed:


(11 days)

Seed Pod Each individual flower produces its own seedpod. The seedpod is a round ball.

Seed The seeds are small coffee-coloured dimpled drops. There are several seeds in each seedpod.

Seedling The seedleaves are long and thin. The first true leaves are hairy and very finely divided.

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