Bells of Ireland

by Details Flowers ● 17 March ● News & Events

In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day this month, let's explore a few fun facts about the captivating Bells of Ireland!

Bells of Ireland, first cultivated in Belgium in the late 1500s, are accessible all year. The flowers are tiny white bell-shaped buds with lush green foliage surrounding them. They get their name from the lush green color of their leaves, and they're frequently used in Saint Patrick's Day arrangements. 

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Their connotation of "Good Luck," "Luck Be With You," and "You Will Have Good Luck" makes them a popular flower for Saint Patrick's Day and any other event that calls for a celebration. A bouquet of Bells of Ireland is frequently given to someone who has graduated or started a new job. 

Contrary to the name, Bells of Ireland do not grow in Ireland. Interesting, right! They are from Syria and other nations in the eastern Mediterranean. 

Bells of Ireland are sometimes used as a perfume because of its pleasant scent. The plants were brought to Europe from Syria in 1570. They were first produced in perfume production in Belgium. It tends to have a sweet, vanilla-like scent.

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Bells of Ireland are a part of the mint family! Bells of Ireland are scented plants that are part of the Labiatae (mint) family. Molucella laevis is their botanical name.

When it comes to growing Bells of Ireland, you'll need to provide the right conditions. The plants can thrive in any soil that has enough drainage. They must, however, be exposed to direct sunlight. They are phototropic, meaning they bend in the direction of the light. You'll need to create a unique spot in the yard where the sun can reach the plant almost all of the time. The plant can grow to a maximum height of three feet tall!

Looking for some St. Patrick's Day design inspiration? Check out our blog, 3 St. Patrick's Day Floral Designs We're Over the Rainbow For.

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