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michellellewmichellellew Posts: 23
Does anyone know what the purple fluffy flower is in this photo please?
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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,596
    I think that’s Phacelia , I saw on our local news last night that they are growing field after field of it to dig in for fertiliser and also for the bees. 
    Ive grown it in the garden but it looks lovey when you see it in a large field. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,596
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,926
    Looks stunning to see fields of it...Phacelia tanacetifolius
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • michellellewmichellellew Posts: 23
    Thanks so much. Have seen fields of purple before and not known what it was. Saw this in a bouquet in a cafe and loved the flowers, quite unusual. 😊
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,926
    edited 26 June
    Phacelia tanacetifolia....I first saw it many years ago in a garden open for charity.
    I love the way the flowers start curled. Then end up straight.
    I keep taking pics but have still not got  THE  perfect shot.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • UffUff SW Scotland but born in DerbyshirePosts: 2,178
    edited 26 June
    I'm going to have to find some seed for this plant, it's lovely and just the job for the wild flower area.

    Edit to say I found it here. Love its common name - Fiddleneck.

    https://www.chilternseeds.co.uk/item_977A_phacelia_tanacetifolia
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,572
    I grew some from seed this year, @Uff - it's beautiful in the border as well as in a wild patch.   :)



    I'm glad I took that photo because it's now been flattened by the rain...   :/
    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,596
    @Silver surfer. Do they grow it up your way as well? 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • ShepherdsBarnShepherdsBarn DevonPosts: 350
    Premier Seeds also sell it, @Uff ... 99p 🙂 I have ordered some for the bees! Thank you @michellellew ... such interesting and beneficial flowers. 🙂
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,596
    You need to plant quite a few together to make them look good. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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