We looked at 5 different strains and varieties of Phacelia at Avoca Farm this year, comparing growth habits, flowering fecundity, seed head size and conformation, and smothering biomass. The best kind turned out to be the one we had purchased from a grower locally years ago, unnamed. We named it.
Phacelia makes a smothering cover that can be employed almost any time of the growing season to preclude weeds, sequester nitrogen and calcium, and deeply penetrate and texturize soil. Easily killed by disc, tillage, or cultivation, the residues are fast rotting and give the surface a light open texture. Allowed to flower, an acre of Phacelia attracts every kind of bee for miles around, and literally buzzes with beneficial contentment.
Oregon Tilth Certified Organic Seed!
Scientific Name: Phacelia tanacetifolia
Seed Count Information:
- Seeds Per Packet: 300
- Seeds Per Ounce: 14,000