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.
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Scientific Name: Moluccella Laevis
Common Name: Bells of Ireland
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: West Asia, Trans Caucasus and Turkmenistan
Height: 24-36 "
Spread: 12-18 "
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