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Purple tansy
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Scientific Classification
Scientific Name

Phacelia tanacetifolia

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A Purple Tansy flower

The Purple Tansy is an interesting and beautiful flower known by the scientific name Phacelia tanacetifolia. The appealing purple flowers produce pollen and attract many bees and flies, and the flower also repel a specific type of animal. If you want to find out what animal it repels and a lot more interesting facts and information about the Purple Tansy, get on reading![2]

Body Design

This beautiful purple flower is called the Purple Tansy

The Purple Tansy is a very beautiful flower, which has blue-lavender fiddlehead clusters of bell-shaped flowers that have long extending stamens that grow beyond the flower itself. (Stamens-the male fertilizing organ of a flower, typically consisting of a pollen-containing anther and a filament). The Purple Tansy is an amazing flower that grows from 1-4 feet tall and 12-18 inches wide. If a person touches this plant he/she may get skin irritation. [3]

Life Cycle

This bee is collecting nectar from the Purple Tansy

The Purple Tansy reproduces just like all other flowering plants (plants that grow flowers). In all flowers the whole process begins with Pollination. The plant can either self-pollination (pollen from the same flower transfers to another stigma on the same flower) or by cross-pollination (when the pollen from another plant goes into the stigma of another). After that, a pollen tube grows and connects the stigma and the ovule. Then, two sperm swim through that tube and one sperm meets the egg nucleus and they together produce a zygote, while the other sperm comes in contact with two polar nuclei and they produce one endosperm nucleus. Finally, when the ovule is fertilized, it turns into a seed. This is how the reproduction of the Purple Tansy occurs.[4]


Unlike most plants and flowers that like the soft good soil with a good amount of a water source, the Purple Tansy enjoys living in a sandy, gravel, rocky and well-drained soils. This flower also doesn’t need a lot of water to survive, just a little water will keep it alive. Another great factor of this flower is that it attracts lots of honey bees and Syrphid flies (also called a Hoverfly). This is good because the bees can pollinate the flower and make more honey! It also attracts beneficial insects such as minute pirate bugs and parasitic wasps, and the Purple Tansy provides nectar and pollen for all who need it. If you don’t like deer, just plant some Purple Tansies because they repel deer too.[3]

The Purple Tansy mostly lives in The United States of America, in California, but they are gardening flowers, so people buy them for their gardens and because of that the flowers can be anywhere in the world where there is sandy and rocky soil.[5]


The Purple Tansy comes in handy in some occasions. If you have a feeling of hatred towards deer because they are eating up your garden, just plant some Purple Tansy's in your garden and that won't be a problem for you anymore. For some reason these plants repel deer but attract other organisms. They attract bees and which is good if you like to see bees hovering around in your garden, and they attract some flies too![3]



  1. Classification USDA Plants. Web. last accessed May 21, 2017. Unknown Author
  2. Purple Tansy/Lacy Phacelia horticulture. Web. last accessed May 21, 2017. Unknown author
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Phacelia Tanacetifolia gardenia creating gardens. Web. last accessed. May 13, 2017. Unknown Author
  4. How flowering plants reproduce britannica kids. Web. last accessed. May 21, 2017. Unknown Author
  5. Lacy Phacelia CNPS. Web. last accessed. May 13, 2017. Unknown Author