Moluccella laevis
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Moluccella laevis

bells of Ireland
molucca balm

  family labiatae 
  genus moluccella 

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Genus  Moluccella Species  laevis Variety  Cultivar  Common names  shellflower   bells of Ireland   molucca balm Family  LABIATAE Specimen number  S11417 Data source  HtZn p143;Frgnt p348
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  2' - 3' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun Water  Moist, well drained Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  Above 40� F AHS heat zones  Heat zones 06-01 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Moluccella laevis has flowers and leaves that are mildly perfume scented. This very tender plant can only survive nighttime temperatures of 40� Fahrenheit. Molucca balm (also known as shellflower and bells of Ireland) can tolerate as many as 60 summer days where the temperature exceeds 86� Fahrenheit. This plant likes full sun. It needs soil that is moist, well drained.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  fragrant flowers. pleasantly fragrant when bruised Fragrance parts  Flowers   Leaves Fragrance intensity  Mild Fragrance category  Perfume Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Moluccella laevis is a native plant in the natural environment and probably originates from Eastern Mediterranean and Southern Europe.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Flowers: Moluccella laevis has tiny flowers that are surrounded by a showy bell shaped calyx. Most often the flowers occur in either pink or white.

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