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PlantFiles: Chilean Bell Flower
Nolana paradoxa

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Nolana (no-LA-nuh) (Info)
Species: paradoxa (par-uh-DOKS-uh) (Info)


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Light Blue
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive wind On Aug 25, 2008, wind from Mount Laurel, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

I started it from seed from a DG seed swap. The pale blue blooms are lovely in a combination arrangement, cascading out of a large blue ceramic pot on our front porch. It is not blooming too prolifically, perhaps due to lack of full sun ~ it is getting late afternoon shade.

Positive Ursula On Feb 10, 2005, Ursula from Santiago
Chile (Zone 9b) wrote:

This Chilean Native Plant is native to coastal areas, full sun, rocky soil with good drainage and does not require much water. Nolanas make great groundcovers, as they can spread up to 1.5 m.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Danville, California
Mount Laurel, New Jersey

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