Bells of Ireland

Moluccella laevis

Bells of Ireland - Moluccella laevis

Common Name: Bells of Ireland
Genus: Moluccella
Species: laevis

Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Has fragrant flowers/foliage

Hardiness: TenderHeight: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.75 m (75 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Green, Pink, White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: August to October

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Long spikes of small fragrant white to pale purplish-pink flowers which are surrounded by a pale green collar-like calyx appear from late summer. They make great additions to fresh bouquets where they provide a perfect foil for showier colours and if dried will add structure and interest to longer-lasting arrangements.

  • Garden care:Sow early under glass by sprinkling the seed on top of good seed compost and lightly cover. Maintain the temperature between 15-20įC and water when necessary. When large enough to handle pot up the seedlings and grow on before hardening off. They can be planted out after all risk of frost has passed. Alternatively sow in situ in late spring.