Bells of Ireland

Bells of Ireland

Bells of Ireland or commonly known as shell flower is an annual plant native to western Asia. It is mostly grown in gardens for its green floral spikes. Bells of Ireland is related to ornamental and culinary plants such as sage, catmint, thyme, and lavender.

Shell flower stands at 90 cm and sprouts white flowers. However, the green calyx is what florists use in wedding flower arrangements and St. Patrick’s Day bouquets. Florists love using bells of Ireland in their creations as these are widely available and can last up to two weeks. They are easy to dry and add interest to fresh-cut flowers. The lime green colour of the calyx complements magenta-coloured flowers such as Red Velvet celosia, globe amaranth, or some Purple Prince Zinnias.