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Cover Crops

Phacellia

Common Name
Phacellia

Phacelia, with its beautiful blue flowers, is an excellent pollinator crop to attract bees and other pollinators to your farm. Blooming from May through September, Phacelia will  get between 2 1/2 to 3 feet tall with feathery fern-like foliage. 

The fine, dense foliage quickly shades the ground to reduce weed competition and loss of soil surface moisture. It is an excellent choice for erosion control, as it breaks up precipitation and holds it in the soil. Its many roots aggregate the soil, increasing water holding capacity and aeration, while decreasing soil compaction. 

Benefits

  • Excellent forage for pollinator insects
  • Captures nitrogen and calcium
  • High biomass production
  • Suppresses weeds
  • Reduces erosions and compaction
  • Aggregates soil at the surface

Details

  • Phacelia is very adaptable to a wide range of soil types and pH. It scavenges for nitrogen and calcium and will slowly return those elements to the soil through the large organic matter production.

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