MOLUCCELLA laevis (Bells of Ireland)

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Moluccella laevis, commonly called ‘Bells of Ireland’, is most noted for producing a mid-summer to fall bloom of showy flower spikes featuring fragrant but tiny white flowers of little ornamental significance encased by large, showy, cup-shaped, green calyces. It is cultivated for its spikes of flowers. In the language of...

Moluccella laevis, commonly called ‘Bells of Ireland’, is most noted for producing a mid-summer to fall bloom of showy flower spikes featuring fragrant but tiny white flowers of little ornamental significance encased by large, showy, cup-shaped, green calyces. It is cultivated for its spikes of flowers. In the language of flowers, it represents luck. a fast-growing border plant with unusual qualities including an ability to survive. They get their common name Bells of Ireland because of them.

Number of Seeds Max Coverage Area (Square Ft.)
0.5OZ 1,938 31
1OZ 3,875 63
1/4LB 15,500 250
1/2LB 31,000 500
1LB 62,000 1,000
5LB 310,000 5,000

Scientific Name: Moluccella Laevis 

Common Name: Bells of Ireland

Plant Type: Annual 

Family: Lamiaceae

Native Range: West Asia, Trans Caucasus and Turkmenistan

Height: 24-36 "

Spread: 12-18 "

Habitat: Erect 

Zone: USDA Hardiness 2 to 11

Exposure: Full Sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day), Partial Shade

Blooming Season: Summer (July to September), Early Fall 

Attracts: Attract Bees

Characteristics: Showy, Fragrant   

Flower Shape: Cup Shaped 

Flower Color: Green, White 

Water Requirement: Around 1 inches of water per week

Soil Type: Good Drainage, Occasionally Wet 

Soil pH:  6.5 to 7.5 (neutral) 

Advantage: Low Maintenance, Easy to grow, Rapid Growth 

Uses: Flower Arranging, Flowers Borders and Beds, Cottage/Informal Gardens, Architectural Planting, Wildflower Gardens or Wildlife Gardens

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