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It's a member of the borage family - most if not all of which have hairy leaves which can cause a rash to the susceptible - for most people it's nothing like as bad as a stinging nettle though, so as far as I'm aware not really a problem.
If you can cope with the risk of an occasional bee sting I'm sure you'll survive contact with phacelia - it's being grown on quite a few East Anglian farms nowadays and you're right, the bees love it.
A lot of such rashes are much worse in very strong sunlight - there's a lot to be said for our climate