Foliage: Grown for foliage Herbaceous Silver/Gray Blue-Green Smooth-Textured Good Fall Color
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Flowers are fragrant Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season This plant is resistant to deer Flowers are good for cutting Flowers are good for drying and preserving Provides winter interest Suitable for growing in containers
Soil pH requirements: 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse From seed; stratify if sowing indoors Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked
Seed Collecting: Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
On Nov 25, 2008, CurtisJones from Longmont, CO wrote:
From your friends at Botanical Interests: Annual. Blooms late summer. 2' - 3' tall. Full sun. Tall spikes of apple-green "bells" are perfect for the back of the border! A wonderful cut or dried flower. Turns straw-colored when dry. Self sows - will come back from seed the following year. Sow early spring, 2 - 4 weeks before last spring frost. Sow inside 6 - 8 weeks before last frost. Germination hint: Refrigerate seeds for 1 week before planting. Seed requires light to germinate - press lightly into soil surface and keep moist. Likes a well-drained, moderately fertile soil.
On Jul 8, 2008, woofie from Chewelah, WA (Zone 5a) wrote:
The seeds appear to keep very well. I had 4 seeds left from a packet purchased in 1994 and 3 of them germinated this year with no special care (other than starting them in a 4-pack in my greenhouse). Very nice contrast plant; great for cutting gardens.
On Nov 9, 2007, Jnette from Northeast, WA (Zone 5a) wrote:
I really like this plant. It is outstanding in cut bouquets. Always the last one to fade. Still looking good when the rest have to go. When I emptied my containers, the roots on this plant had what looked like tubers on them.
Am very curious about that. Since no one else has mentioned this I think I will grow them again next year and see if that happens again and then hold those over the winter and see what happens.
On Nov 2, 2007, milkbonehappy from Chester, VT (Zone 5a) wrote:
Unusual lime green color and dramatic spikes look great in arrangements. Needs cold exposure to germinate - I direct-sowed the seeds in the fall/early winter and they germinated the following spring. Easy to collect seeds from dried "bells" - there are 4 seeds in the base of each one; be careful for the small thorns on the stem which are soft when the plant is green but become sharp when the plant dries. Spikes do tend to flop over when they get large. Good for a cutting garden.
On Jul 11, 2007, rebecca101 from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:
These have some very good points:
-lovely spires of bells
-beautiful and unusual lime green color, sets off the color of other flowers well
-very easy to germinate and grow
But they have some very bad points too, in my opinion:
-horrible, astringent stink that emanates from them and permeates the garden. The smell stays on your hands all day if you touch them and is hard to wash off.
-they flop over all over the place and look like a regular mess in the garden. More useful for cutting, but I can't stand the smell in the house.
-the bells are mostly hidden by the leaves, you must remove the leaves to see them
-spires are covered in prickles that look soft but are actually painfully sharp.
All in all, I will probably not be growing these again. It was fun to try though.
On Apr 1, 2007, Angel_D from Quincy, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:
the seed packet says that the seeds should either be chilled in the fridge for 5 days before planting, or soaked in warm water for 3-4 hours before planting. Sounds like cold temps are important for germination.
(Seed packet - Burpee's, packed for 2007; origin - Holland)
On Jul 26, 2006, lemmons75 from Rock Hill, SC wrote:
I planted them for the first time this year.They turned out well.I started them from seeds and had enough to give away to family and friends.Very beautiful flowers and a strong sent that smells like lemon.I plan to resow next year.
On Jun 19, 2003, tervito from Minneapolis, MN wrote:
I live in Duluth. Last year put in a whole seed pack and got two seedlings, which matured into spectacular plants, although had more spread than I expected. At peak the stalks were about three feet high.
This year (2003), expecting the same rate of success, I planted two seed packs and got hundreds of seedlings, plus at least one that self-seeded from last year. I planted a little earlier, I'm sure, and it was a cold spring ... I suspect the cool temperatures aided germination. Since the seed pack stressed direct sowing, I expected that transplanting these seedlings would be troublesome, but I had no choice since the mass of seedlings needed thinning out in the four small areas I had planted, and I was loathe to keep just the 6 or 10 plants the space would allow. So I experimented with transplanting, and now have 30 plants growing in my boulevard.
The flowers have an intense vanilla-like aroma that seem to originate with the white centers of the flowers. My experience was that they dried green but faded to beige over the course of nine months. Looked striking in a dried arrangement with red astilbe, yellow yarrow, and black-eyed Susan heads.
On Jan 7, 2001, gardener_mick from Wentworth, SD (Zone 4a) wrote:
Bells of Ireland have erect stems that bear light green, bell-shaped, papery calyx flowers with white veination. They grow to 24-36" tall and flower late summer. Full sun to light shade is needed and should be planted in well-drained soil. They make a great dried flower and turn a straw color.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Ashdown, Arkansas Ferndale, California Merced, California Longmont, Colorado Aurora, Illinois Jacksonville, Illinois Thomasboro, Illinois Galena, Indiana Toddville, Iowa Barbourville, Kentucky Ewing, Kentucky Cresaptown-bel Air, Maryland Middleborough, Massachusetts Charlevoix, Michigan Byhalia, Mississippi Belgrade, Montana Miles City, Montana Johnson Lane, Nevada El Cerro-monterey Park, New Mexico Binghamton, New York Elba, New York Blacklick, Ohio Cincinnati, Ohio Vinton, Ohio Lesslie, South Carolina Lenoir City, Tennessee Anton, Texas Lucas, Texas White Settlement, Texas Elwood, Utah Chester, Vermont Leesburg, Virginia Chewelah, Washington Ione, Washington Kalama, Washington Seattle, Washington Shorewood Hills, Wisconsin