Moluccella laevis (Bells of Ireland)

Moluccella laevis (Bells of Ireland) has tall spikes of fresh apple-green bells arranged all the way up the stem. An outstanding foliage plant – one of my favourite plants for summer and autumn arranging. More
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Moluccella laevis (Bells of Ireland) has tall spikes of fresh apple-green bells arranged all the way up the stem. An outstanding foliage plant.

One of my favourite plants for summer and autumn arranging. Put the seed in the freezer for a week before you sow it to guarantee good germination.

PLEASE NOTE: The foliage on bells-of-Ireland is prickly and can be irritating to the skin. When using for cut flower material remove the leaves to avoid allergic reactions or rashes. This will also allow for the beautiful green bells to show much better.
Genus Moluccella
Group/Species laevis
Type Half-Hardy Annual
Common Name Bells of Ireland, Shell Flower
Border Position Middle
Soil Type Fertile, Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 90cm (36in)
Spacing 40cm (16in) after last frosts
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Place the seed in the freezer a week before sowing. Sow under cover in mid spring. Pot on and plant out after last frosts. Can be direct sown in early May.
Care Tips The stems should not need staking, unless in an exposed position in high winds.
Flowering June - September, 12 weeks from sowing
Vase Life 7 days. This dries brilliantly. Remove foliage around bells.
Harvesting Flower production: 4 months.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Moluccella laevis (Bells of Ireland) reviews

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Reviewed 20th August 2019 by Tineke

Fabulous vaselife, they just keep going. Very difficult to germinate though, took me three rounds to get 6 plants.

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Reviewed 9th August 2019 by Margaret

These are wonderful interesting plants lovely colour they last for ages eventually drying all by themselves, they are great in flower arrangements. The only difficulty was getting them started every thing wanted to eat them but once got going have grown beautifully.

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Reviewed 7th August 2019 by Tina

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Nicola

Just over half of the seeds germinated. I was late in sowing so just waiting to see the flowers

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Verity

Germination incredibly poor

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Ms Daniels

Grew from seed well and pleased with them

Bells of Ireland

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Reviewed 9th November 2016 by Ruby

I grew these once for a dried flower crop. They were gorgeous! However, I must disagree strongly with the description which says, "UNSCENTED". I found that these have the most fantastic fresh, zingy scent ever! That alone is a good reason to grow these.