Phacelia divaricata (Divaricate Phacelia) [20 Seeds]

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Germination Information: There isn’t much information available about growing this species, unfortunately. I can only report two bits of information based on personal experience. In 2020, I sowed the seeds on February 1 in relatively cool conditions (around 65°F during the day and 55°F at night), and the first seedling appeared by February 10. In 2021, I sowed in warmer conditions (70° to 75°F, but not on a heat mat) on March 8 and they germinated on March 11. In both cases, I just barely covered the seeds with moist growing medium when sowing. Direct sowing in early into mid spring has also worked well for me.

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You’ll rarely see seeds of this pretty little annual for sale—under its correct name, at least. I bought seeds that were supposed to be Phacelia purshii and ended up with this species instead, ID’d with the help of a knowledgeable gardening friend. Divaricate phacelia, also known as trailing phacelia, produces low clumps (around 8 to 10 inches tall) of lax stems clad in oval-ish leaves and single, open, lavender blue-and-white flowers. It flowers here in in PA in late spring through early summer. It is an uncommon and charming species worth growing for early color at the front of a border or as a filler around perennials that are slow to get going in spring, such as balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus) or hardy hibiscus (Hibiscus spp.). Native to parts of California. Full sun. Annual.

Collected in late June to mid July 2023. At least 20 seeds. Unknown ecotype. Shipping to US addresses only.

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1 review for Phacelia divaricata (Divaricate Phacelia) [20 Seeds]

  1. Janet K. (verified owner)

    gonna try again

    Hi Janet. I sent you a refund for the seeds. Could you tell me why they didn’t work out for you: Did they not germinate, or did something happen to them after that? [Edit: I’m glad we were able to connect, Janet. Sounds like you had good germination results with most of the seeds you ordered but had some challenges after that. I’m glad you are planning to try again!]

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