I sowed some last year, but they didn't sprout. I later found out that the weather has to be fairly cold for the seeds to sprout. I've heard that it makes great bee pasture but I don't know what the honey is like.
It's one of several species of Phacelia that grow and bloom here in the Winter, whenever we get some good Winter rains. In those conditions it is very ubiquitous and is a fine contributing species to our infrequent, though much desired and anticipated Winter wildflower honey flows.
Here it grows with so many other wet Winter wildflowers that it would be impossible to isolate the honey from the many other sources being collected at the same time.
If someone had the acreage necessary, planted it and irrigated during a dry Winter, they might be able to produce a honey, predominantly of that source.
Another species with orange flowers and other desirable traits that are similar to Phacelia tanacetifolia is: Orange Fiddleneck, Amsinckia menziesii.
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