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10/05/2013 at 11:15

Hi everyone, has anybody ever grown California Blue Bells. I have got about 30 of these little bulbs but I don't know anything about them. Can they be invasive and take over your garden or should I just put them into a pot. Any advise would be greatly apreciated.

10/05/2013 at 12:19

Do you know their botanical name because that might help us to give advice.

10/05/2013 at 12:48

Hi punkdoc, it says on the box that they are phacelia companularia, hope that helps.

10/05/2013 at 13:00

The Phacelia that I know are not invasive, have beautiful flowers and the insects love them, so plant away.

10/05/2013 at 13:02

Oh that great punkdoc thank you very much. Guess what I'm doing this afternoon?

10/05/2013 at 14:01

Bulbs? I thought they were annuals, good for bees and green manuring

10/05/2013 at 14:04

They are very similar to crocus bulbs, quite small.

10/05/2013 at 14:10

That does suprise me. I've never seen those, I've only sown something I thought was called phacelia as an annual. 

10/05/2013 at 14:21

In tiny writing lower down on the box it says Triteleia Queen Fabiola, I will be honest I have never heard of these.

10/05/2013 at 14:35

Those are bulbs donutmrs. I tried those once but I think I should have planted them as summer bulbs. I planted them with the rest in autumn when I bought them. Never saw them again.

I'm more than puzzled now though. Phacelia campanularia, annual, Boraginaceae.

Tritelia laxa 'Queen Fabiola', bulb, Alliaceae.

Yours must be the latter to have bulbs. Perhaps someone can throw some light on this. I like to know about  these things

10/05/2013 at 14:40

Thank you nutcutlet, who would have thought that such little bulbs would cause such a problem. They do look so lovely on the box though.

10/05/2013 at 15:49

I have to say that I have never heard of Brodiaea being referred to as California Blue Bells. That name has always been applied to Phacelia.

Very strange.

 Broadiaea laxa is now Triteliaea laxa and the usual version is properly T.l. Koningin Fabiola. Not that the name matters. They are very easy to grow and if they like your garden then they will clump up nicely and if allowed will sefl seed around. AND, if you are really lucky you will get some variation in colour over time. Full sun, well drained reasonbly good soil is what they like.

10/05/2013 at 15:56

Thank you everyone for your kind comments and advise. I will be putting these in the garden this weekend now, just hope after all this that they grow and flower. Thank you again

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