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Moluccella laevis

Bells of ireland

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

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Plant does not flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Moluccella laevis
  • Common name: Bells of ireland
  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Plant Type: Annual
Flower colour:

Green

Foliage colour:

Green

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. 

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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.

How to grow Moluccella laevis

  • Plant size

    75cm height

    23cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline / acidic

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sow
Sow

Do not Sow in January

Do not Sow in February

Do Sow in March

Do Sow in April

Do Sow in May

Do Sow in June

Do not Sow in July

Do not Sow in August

Do not Sow in September

Do not Sow in October

Do not Sow in November

Do not Sow in December

Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Moluccella laevis and wildlife

Moluccella laevis has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Moluccella laevis poisonous?

Moluccella laevis has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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