I had a small packet of wildflower seed mix that had been given to me, a couple of years ago, which M scattered around one side of the small vegetable plot. I didn't keep the seed packet or a record of what seeds it contained, other than California poppy. So, when a couple of plants with lacy leaves began to grow, I wondered if they were a variety of yarrow. But, yarrow leaves are more feathery and soon, it became apparent they weren't a type of yarrow:
|Not Yarrow Leaves!|
Not only were the leaves different, the flower head looked very different, too!
|Blurry Cluster of Flower Buds|
|The First Flowers Open|
|Lilac Colored Flowers|
My clue to identifying them were the lilac colored flowers and the long stamens.
As the individual flowers opened, the tightly clustered flower stems opened out, too.
|Phacelia Flower Clusters|
|But, definitely Phacelia!|
These plants are not edible (as far as I know), but, since they attract bees and other pollinators, they are good companion plants to be grown around vegetables. Apparently, they are also grown as a cover crop or for green manure.