Moluccella laevis Seeds

Bells of Ireland

Bells of Ireland (Moluccella laevis) is an heirloom favorite with florists, who use this annual to create dramatic bouquets.

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Zones 1 - 10
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Good for Cut Flowers
Good for Containers
Good for Dried Flowers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Less than 10" (with irrigation)
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
30 to 40"
Bloom Time Summer
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Bells of Ireland (Moluccella laevis) is a fantastic wildflower that is perfect for any landscape. This annual is an heirloom favorite and often used in fresh and dried bouquets. It makes a wonderful garden accent for the most colorful varieties in your garden. For the best results, chill seeds for 2 weeks in a sandwich bag in a refrigerator before sowing on top of bare, loosened soil. Another method is planting after a few hard frosts have occurred to ensure the seed will remain dormant until the time is right to germinate in the spring. Be sure to not cover the seed as it requires direct sunlight in order to germinate.
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HAS7XQP (1/4 Pound) - Out of stock.
HAS7X01 (1 Pound) - Out of stock.
Common Name Bells of Ireland
Botanical Name Moluccella laevis
Seed Life Cycle Annuals
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Green
Mature Height 24-30" tall
Bloom Time Summer
Planting Time Fall
Ships As Seed
Coverage 1/4 lb covers 315 sq ft.
1 lb covers 1,245 sq ft.
Seeds Per Pound 63,957
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Amount of Rain Less than 10" (with irrigation), 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Soil Type Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Native To Western Asia, Turkey, Syria, and the Caucasus.
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US
Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Advantages Deer Resistant, Good for Cut Flowers, Good for Containers, Good for Dried Flowers
Storable Yes - You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
Non-GMO Yes
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada Yes

Planting Guides

Step-by-Step Wildflower Seed Planting Instructions

  1. Check for your last frost date and plant after this has passed. Choose a spot on your property that gets 6 or more hours of direct sun a day unless you are planting seeds for shade.
  2. Prepare your soil by clearing the area of all existing growth. Simply dig up everything that is growing, turn the soil and rake the area flat. If this is an area that has never before been gardened, you may need to till the area up to remove growth.
  3. Mix the seeds with sand* for better visibility and scatter the seeds directly on top of the soil. If you are sowing a larger area, we recommend using a seed spreader; if not, you can sow by hand.
  4. We recommend lightly compressing the seeds into the soil, making sure not to bury them. You can either walk on them, use a board or if you are sowing a larger area, rent a seed roller.
  5. Water so that the soil is moist, not soaking wet, until the seedlings are about 4-6" tall. After that, the seedlings will survive on natural rains. If you are experiencing very dry weather, we recommend watering occasionally.
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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