Bells of Ireland, Moluccella laevis, is an unusual plant bearing long spikes of small, fragrant, white-pink flowers, which are surrounded by a pale green calyx, in late summer. Perfect for flower arranging, the bells will last for years and are useful in winter arrangements. It also looks good in herbaceous borders, contrasting well with bolder-coloured plants.
For best results grow Moluccella laevis in moist but well-drained soil. Sow seed undercover in early spring and plant out when all risk of frost has passed.
Bells of Ireland – Key Growing Information
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 12-21 days at 65-68°F (18-20°C).
Start some indoors and also direct sow some seeds outdoors as soon as the soil can be worked. Bells of Ireland can also be grown using the Winter Sowing method.