Bells of Ireland - Renee&
Bells of Ireland - Renee&
Bells of Ireland - Renee&
Bells of Ireland - Renee&

Bells of Ireland - Renee's Garden Seeds

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Moluccella laevis

Bells of Ireland is an endearing old-fashioned favorite that has graced cottage gardens for generations. The tall candelabra-like spires are densely cloaked in apple-green shell-shaped bracts, each surrounding tiny white center florets. Their intricate soft form and warm green coloration is dramatic in the garden and strikingly beautiful to set off other flowers in bouquets. The long-blooming and graceful stems have a grassy, meadowsweet scent and are easy to air dry for year-round everlasting arrangements. 
Seed Count: Approx. 150 - 160

Plant In


Planting Depth

Space Seeds

Days to Germinate

Mature Height

March - June

Full sun or
light shade

1/2 inch

2 inches

10 - 20 days

2.5 - 3 feet


In spring when all danger of frost is over, sow seeds 2 inches apart in a finely textured garden bed in full sun. Cover 1/2 inch deep and keep soil moist. Be patient; germination can be gradual over 10 to 20 days. Weed and water young seedlings carefully and thin before they get too crowded.


Start seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before last spring frost date. Sow seeds 2 inches apart in individual pots of seed starting mix. Cover 1/2 inch deep, keep evenly moist and provide a strong light source until seedlings are ready to plant outside. Once all danger of frost is past, gradually acclimate to outdoor conditions. Avoid disturbing roots when transplanting. Thin or transplant seedlings 10 to 12 inches apart when 3 to 4 inches tall.


Thin as directed for best performance. Cut flowers for fresh bouquets when the shell-like cups are open as far up the stem as possible but before the bottom ones turn brown. To air dry, cut once shells have opened all along stems, then hang bunches upside down indoors in a place with good air circulation.

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