Not only Irish eyes will smile at this unusual plant. Its bright green bells with their tiny white "clappers" are always a conversation piece. Turns straw-colored when dry—a very valuable, long-lasting dried flower. The strain in this packet was selected for its superior cut and/or dried flower use. Reseeds, often producing new plants the following year from self-sown seeds.
• Botanical Name: Moluccella laevis
• Family: Lamiaceae
• Native: Asia and Ukraine
• Hardiness: Annual
• Plant Dimensions: 24"–36" tall
• Variety Information: Showy part of flower is large (2") bell-like, apple-green calyx that contains tiny white flowers.
• Exposure: Full sun
• Bloom Period: Summer
• Attributes: Cut Flower
• When to Sow Outside: RECOMMEDED. 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date for chilling period. Seeds will germinate when soil temperature is above 50°F.
• When to Start Inside: 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date. Sow in 3" biodegradable pots; roots sensitive to disturbance.
• Days to Emerge: 15–35 days
• Seed Depth: Press into surface
• Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 12"
• Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 plant every 12"
• Harvesting: For longest vase life, harvest when half of the bells have opened. Be mindful of thorns when harvesting.