MOLUCCELLA laevis (Bells of Ireland) is an annual flowering plant native to Turkey, Syria, and the Caucasus region. Bells of Ireland is an annual plant, which means it completes its lifecycle within a year. It belongs to the Lamiaceae family.
Bells of Ireland is known for its unique and distinctive appearance. The plant forms tall, erect stems that can reach heights of 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 cm). The stems are adorned with clusters of bell-shaped, pale green calyxes that resemble bells or lanterns. Inside the calyxes are tiny, inconspicuous white flowers. The calyxes are the main attraction and give the plant its common name.
The flower typically blooms in summer, generally between June and August. The calyxes start out green and gradually turn brown as they age, adding an interesting touch to dried flower arrangements. Bells of Ireland is also attractive to pollinators such as bees.
Bells of Ireland thrives in full sun. It prefers well-draining soil and can tolerate various soil types, including sandy or loamy soils. It is relatively adaptable and can grow in both cool and warm regions. Bells of Ireland is not particularly fussy about soil fertility.
Bells of Ireland is highly valued for its unique and ornamental appearance. It is often used in fresh floral arrangements and provides an interesting vertical accent. The calyxes can also be dried and used in dried flower arrangements, adding a touch of green and texture.
Bells of Ireland, with its distinctive green calyxes and tall stature, adds a touch of elegance and intrigue to floral displays. Its unique appearance and versatility make it a popular choice for both fresh and dried flower arrangements, adding interest and texture to bouquets.
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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