Phacelia - Phacelia tanacetifolia


    The leaves are finely cut, almost fern-like and the flowers are lavender-coloured in branched, coiled spikes. It can grow to 2 or 3 feet in height.

    Identification difficulty

    Roadsides and waste places, dry or disturbed soil.

    When to see it

    In flower during June and July.

    Life History


    UK Status

    This flower has come to us from the USA and is now well established locally as a wild flower in most areas of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Formerly uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland where it was first recorded in 1999.  It is now increasing in our area.


    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map