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Moluccella laevis/Bells of Ireland

Moluccella laevis / Moluccella laevis
Foliage and flowers
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Foliage and flowers

Close-up image of the "bells"

Foliage and emerging floral parts in center of leaves

White flowers surrounded by the netted, green, bell-like calyxes.

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Scientific Name: Moluccella laevis
Common Name: Bells of Ireland
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: to 1 foot
Fruit present: Fall
Light Exposure: Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants that Attract Birds
Plants That Attract Butterflies
Plants with Fragrance
Comments: Bells of Ireland, an annual that is highly regarded in the florist industry for both fresh arrangements and dried arrangements. Sow seeds in the deep South in fall for the spring garden. The stalks dry nicely preserving their natural color. This is an annual that has been grown since 1570 and is a great choice for the cottage garden and in flower beds where relatively tall growing plants are needed for background.