Needle & Threadgrass

Needle & Threadgrass "bails" after custom field collection in a native southern utah stand.


A Little Bit About Us

Great Basin Seed has a proud heritage in the Intermountain West seed industry. Our family lineage and business heritage are directly linked to the beginnings of reclamation, revegetation and wildlife habitat improvement.


Great Basin Seed
450 South 50 East
Ephraim, UT 84627

Contact Info

435.283.1411 (Office)
435.283.6872 (Fax)

Questions? Gives us a call at 435.283.1411 Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm.

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Phacelia (Phacelia tanacetifolia)

Phacelia, also known as lacy phacelia, or blue/purple tansy, is a quick-growing, flowering plant that can reach heights of up to 4 feet. This crop is adaptable to a wide range of soils ranging in pH from 5.5 to 8.6.  It can withstand cold temperatures of about 20 degrees Fahrenheit, making it an an excellent choice for fall. Many farmers have used Phacelia as a source of high quality nectar and pollen to increase the population and diversity of beneficial insects for their crops.

It was originally native to the Southwestern United States and northern Mexico but it is now used in many places in as a cover crop. It is superb for bees and honey production. Long, coiling inflorescences of nectar-rich flowers open in sequence, giving a long flowering period. It blooms mid-late summer when other blossoms have disappeared. It is an attractant for beneficial insects and an ornamental plant. It is a good insectary plant, attracting many pollinators. It is easy to plant, has excellent germination and does not require inoculant, thou inoculant will increase germination and speed the growing process..

  • 5-10 day germination
  • Grows 2 – 4′ Tall
  • Nitrogen and calcium accumulation
  • Attracts bees and beneficial insects
  • Competes well with weeds
  • Plant in early fall in most climates
  • Excellent for cover crop mixes
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