This cool-weather annual is grown for its showy, cup-shaped papery green calyxes more than for its tiny, fragrant white flowers. Plants reach 2-3' and bloom in late summer. Excellent cut or dried flowers.
Sow in average garden soil in full sun in spring after danger of heavy frost. Sow seeds about 12" apart and cover with 1/4" of fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
How to Grow
Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days. Stake plants while they are still young. Plants reach 2-3 and bloom in later summer.
Bells of Ireland make excellent cut or dried flowers. For fresh use, cut the spikes once they have reached the desired length. For drying, cut them when the calyzes are still green or as they begin to turn beige. These plants also add unusual color and texture to beds and borders.