Bells of Ireland (Moluccella laevis)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Plant Height: 2 to 3 ft
Plant Spread: 8-10 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Other: Flowers are insignificant; grown for the large green cup-shaped calyx surrounding the flowers
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Suitable as Annual
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Days to germinate: 14-28
Depth to plant seed: surface sow or barely cover
Suitable for wintersowing
Can handle transplanting
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger


The January Not-A-Raffle-Raffle:  The Behemoth Collection of Vegetable and Annual SeedsThe January Not-A-Raffle-Raffle: The Behemoth Collection of Vegetable and Annual Seeds
January 14, 2013

For this month's raffle, in honor of Veggies and Annuals week, Chelle has shocked and thrilled us by putting forward the largest collection of seeds I've ever imagined.

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Posted by woofie (NE WA - Zone 5a) on Jun 29, 2012 2:38 PM

Be careful when harvesting seeds off this plant. There are nasty little spikes inside where the seeds are. I've pricked my fingers more than once!

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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This flower came with a bouquet: by snapdragons Oct 1, 2018 3:00 PM 4
What color or colors would complement a red and white garden? by DonfromPA Mar 30, 2018 8:04 AM 20
Do the thorns on bells of ireland contain a toxin? by Frillylily Nov 12, 2017 8:29 PM 1

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