Feb. 1, 2017

fiddleneck, Phacelia tanacetifolia

If you want to be bugged, grow fiddleneck. It's flowers are rich in nectar, and attract lots of pollinators. It is grown in places where that is needed, like vineyards. As it blooms, its flowering stems uncoil at the tips. This arrangement is described as scorpiod, after a scorpion's tail. This produces blooms over a long season. A field of this in cultivation must be quite a sight. The flowers are about 3/8 inch across. Native to the southwest, it now is wild in AZ, CA, CO, KS, MA, ME, MI, NV, OR, AB, MB, ON, and SK. Cultivated in Lenawee Co MI, 6/15/16