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kittylester Mon 28-May-18 17:28:22

I bought 3 of these from the florist and she called them Bells of Ireland (or something like that!) but I can't find them any where in my books. I thought I might grow some as they look quite dramatic.

Sorry, can't get them the right way up!

kittylester Mon 28-May-18 17:29:04

They have done it themselves!!

Greyduster Mon 28-May-18 17:33:42

Molucella laevis (apparently). Bells of Ireland. I googled it. Intriguing and very striking.

J52 Mon 28-May-18 17:35:09

It’s Moluccella, I believe it comes from Western Asia. Interesting popular name, I expect it was brought over by sailors to Ireland.
I’m not sure but think it’s an annual.

Greyduster Mon 28-May-18 17:35:55

Sarah Raven says it’s foliage can be irritating to the skin.

phoenix Mon 28-May-18 17:36:57

It's a green plant, kitty hope this helps.


phoenix Mon 28-May-18 17:37:41

PS And quite hideous, IMO. blush

kittylester Mon 28-May-18 18:19:32

I knew I could bank on gn - thank you all. I couldn't find it in my trusty rhs book!

Greyduster Mon 28-May-18 18:24:23

It looks like a sprout stalk with delusions of grandeur! grin

AlieOxon Mon 28-May-18 18:58:41

A sprout stalk singing its head off!

Belgravian Mon 28-May-18 19:07:54

Quite possibly Triffids.