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Found beside a field of sweet corn. Beautifully scented and full of bees. About 18" and possibly annuals. Soft feathery foliage.- the flowers look hazy because of the long stamens. Has anyone grown it in a garden or might it get rampant?

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Can anyone identify this plant? (25/10/2012)Can anyone identify this plant? (25/10/2012)Can anyone identify this plant? (25/10/2012)

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  • Posted: Thu. 25th October 2012 20:25

Re: Can anyone identify this plant?

Reply from Kathy C

Hi, Jenny,
This is Phacelia tanacetifolia, common name Fiddleneck or Lacy phacelia. It is an annual , native to SW US and is often planted near crops to encourage bees. It is also useful as a green manure. As of yet, not considered invasive in Europe but in the garden, it could seed prolifically.
All the best,
Kathy C

  • Posted: Thu. 25th October 2012 20:54

Re: Can anyone identify this plant?

Reply from Kim Grove

Hi yes, it is phacelia tanacetifolia, often used as as green manure, but bees adore the flowers. Self seeds redily if left.

  • Posted: Fri. 26th October 2012 06:38

Re: Can anyone identify this plant?

Reply from Jenny Hicken

Thank you both very much - I am so pleased to hear from you. It looks as if I can grw it in the garden if I remove seeds.

  • Posted: Fri. 26th October 2012 07:38