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Phacelia Genus

Scorpion weed

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterMoist

Description

Phacelia genus (Scorpion weed). There are about 150 species of annuals, biennials and perennials. The leaves are often toothed or lobed sometimes to the point of being pinnate. They will produce clusters of small 5-petalled flowers. The flowers will bloom in blue or purple shades, often with white centres.

Characteristics

Annuals, Perennials or Biennials

Origin

North and South America

Cultivation

They are easily grown in any light moist well-drained soil with full sun. They are fully to frost hardy. Tall species may need support.

Propagation

Propagate the annuals and biennials from seed sown outdoors in spring or early autumn. Propagate the perennials from either seed or cuttings.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to aphids and red spider mites.

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