Phacelia belongs to the Borage family, numbering about 200 species of both perennial and annual herbaceous plants. The main habitat in nature is South and North America.
The main value of the phacelia is that it is excellent honey plant. Phacelia in the photo besides, it looks quite decorative, thanks to its bright colors.
The melliferous qualities of this plant are preserved throughout the day; bees flock to the phacelia very willingly to collect nectar and pollen. The honey obtained from phacelia is either transparent or slightly greenish. It does not crystallize in combs, therefore it is good for wintering bees. The honey collected from phacelia has lightness, delicate taste and pleasant aroma.
It is necessary to plant phacelia in sunny places with well-drained light but fertile soil.
Sow this plant immediately to a permanent place with seeds in the month of April-May. Transplants are perceived negatively by phacelia. After about 5-8 days, the first shoots appear, after which they must be rowed, observing the distance between the plants of 10-15 cm. To achieve abundant flowering of the phacelia, it must be fed with complex mineral fertilizer twice.
In summer cottages, phacelia is mainly grown for its bright blue-purple flowers. There are also phacelia with a white or yellowish color.
Phacelia in the photo looks very beautiful next to other flower plants in the flower beds. It is good to use it as a container or curb plant.
And if you are engaged in beekeeping, then phacelia will become simply an irreplaceable honey plant.