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dave

June 21, 2002
5:09 PM

Post #33590

Bells of Ireland
Moluccella laevis


Very closeup shot of the Bells of Ireland. Notice the signature lamium flowers. These flowers are tiny - you can barely see them with the naked eye. When the flowers are done, 4 tiny seeds are left in its place. This is June 21st in East Tennessee.

http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/84/

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gardenwife
Newark, OH
(Zone 5b)

June 21, 2002
5:17 PM

Post #286994

What do you mean by lamium flowers, Dave? Are they the tiny things on the pink stamen thingies? My botanical vocabulary is pretty bad!
dave

June 21, 2002
5:19 PM

Post #286996

I mean the family. It's in the Lamiaceae family, and you'd never know why until you viewed the flowers up close. Beautiful, isn't it?
gardenwife
Newark, OH
(Zone 5b)

June 21, 2002
5:24 PM

Post #287001

Yes, they are! I've seen wider shots of this plant, but not the insides of the blooms. Those are really cool. :)

Cajun2

Cajun2
(Carole) Cleveland, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 5, 2003
7:24 PM

Post #574685

I'm having a hard time collecting seeds off mine.
And I do have LOTS of bells!!!
I'd love to be able to share the seeds... and I read your instructions on finding them... is it difficult to find them? Or is it just me?
dave

July 6, 2003
2:15 PM

Post #575354

Cajun: I recommend that when the seeds come in (the plant has expired) cut the plant off at the base of the plant and shake the whole thing in a paper bag (or beat the plant against the sides of a clean 5 gallon bucket). The seeds should rain down into the bottom.

There are 4 seeds per bell, and they are located inside the bell where it connects to the stem.

Hope that helps!
dave
tcfromky
Mercer, PA
(Zone 5a)

July 6, 2003
3:58 PM

Post #575420

Great foto Dave! We've grown Bells before but I've never noticed the tiny bloom inside the "bell." Thanks for that cool close up shot. I'm gonna try and save the seeds from the ones we have growing now using the technique you mentioned, thanks for that info too!! Oh, and consider me an addicted DG member!!

Cajun2

Cajun2
(Carole) Cleveland, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 7, 2003
1:58 PM

Post #576273

I FOUND THEM!! THANK YOU!!
I'm so excited! Now I can share seeds!
Wonderful info here!
Here's a picture of the seeds and a bell:

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tcfromky
Mercer, PA
(Zone 5a)

July 7, 2003
2:06 PM

Post #576280

Hi Cajun2, were the seeds easy to find and get?
dave

July 7, 2003
2:13 PM

Post #576288

Great photo Cajun2: Would you be willing to upload that to the Bells of Ireland entry in the Plants Database?

Those seeds are hard to germinate if you wait till spring. My recommendation: find the site where you want them, and sow them this fall. They will lay dormant all winter and will germinate in the spring. They need a period of stratification to germinate.

dave

Cajun2

Cajun2
(Carole) Cleveland, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 7, 2003
9:02 PM

Post #576655

TC, after I read Dave's description for finding the seeds, it was really very easy. The key was to find the bells that were cream color and papery. In those, the seeds are dark and I believe ripe.

Dave, I'll be happy to upload the picture to the database. I'm glad you like it.

I moved into this house Feb. 1st, so my garden beds were not ready for almost a month. I planted three seeds for the Bells of Ireland in situ around March 10th. I had seedlings up on March 25th. Maybe we'd had enough cold weather here in Texas to chill the seeds enough for 100% germination.
tcfromky
Mercer, PA
(Zone 5a)

July 8, 2003
1:32 AM

Post #576883

Thanks Cajun2, I'll remember y'alls directions after mine finish blooming!

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