Nolana paradoxa are rare and exquisite flowers are native to the coastal areas of Chile and Peru. They form low, spreading clumps which are smothered in lovely, blue blooms.
The dwarf, creeping plants are spectacular as a ground cover, spilling over a rock terrace or edge of a border and are wonderful in a hanging planter, garden container or window box.
“Little Bells”, like its cousin “Snowbird” has delicately scalloped edges of pretty trumpet-shaped blooms, but with blooms of lilac blue.
Nolana is an unusual but worthy alternative to Petunias. Long blooming and low maintenance, they are easy to grow from seed and are tolerate drought.
They will handle a wide range of temperatures. Potted plants do well indoors in a cool conservatory. They are also suited for cultivation near the sea, since in their native environment they are found in maritime districts.
Sow indoors in March to April or sow directly in May to June
Sow into trays or cells of a well drained seed compost, “Just cover” the seeds with a sprinkling of compost or vermiculite as they need light to germinate. They will germinate in approximately 7 to 14 days at 21°C (70°F)
When large enough to handle, transplant seedlings into 7.5cm (3in) pots. Handle the plants with care and avoid disturbing the roots as much as possible. Gradually hardened off for 10 to 14 days before transplanting into the flowering site in mid May. Light spring frosts will not harm the plants.
At the time of transplant, pinch the tips of the plants to promote bushiness and plant 15 to 20cm (6 to 10in) apart.
The seed may also be direct sown once frosts have passed, directly where they are to flower, but in this case flowering will start later.
Sow thinly on the surface of well-cultivated soil which has been raked to a fine tilth. Water regularly. When large enough to handle, thin out the seedlings to 15 to 20cm (6 to 10in) apart.
Flowers should be removed as soon as they have faded to promote the growth of further blooms. Water in periods of drought.
Hanging Baskets, Containers and Pots , Ground cover in borders and rockeries. Cool conservatory.
Often known as The Chilean Bell Flower, there are also quite a number of synonyms for Nolana:
Alibrexia, Aplocarya, Bargemontia, Dolia, Gubleria, Leloutrea, Neudorfia, Osteocarpus, Pachysolen, Periloba, Rayera, Sorema, Teganium, Tula, Velpeaulia, Walberia, and Zwingera.
- Additional Information
Packet Size 30 Seeds Family Solanaceae Genus Nolana Species paradoxa Cultivar Little Bells Common Name Chilean Bell Flower Hardiness Hardy Annual Flowers Blue / Lilac flowers, 3cm (1½ ”) wide Natural Flower Time July though to October Height 15-20cm (6-10in) Position Full sun, partial sun. Tolerant of shade Soil Well drained, moderately fertile. Tolerant of poor soil Germination 7-14 days at 21°C (70°F)