New Zealand Christmas Bell flowers

Christmas bells, those Christmas bells, growing through the land, bringing weeds to all the world!

While some common names for plants are right on the money, the New Zealand Christmas bell (Alstroemeria pulchella) doesn’t really fit its moniker.

While this plant, also known as parrot beak, does bloom around Christmas time, it is actually a native of South America which has become naturalised in a number of countries including Australia and New Zealand. And, because it’s considered an invasive species, it’s not necessarily a ‘belle’ of every ball either!

That said, this plant can be found in some Kiwi gardens and seeds are obtainable online. So, in the spirit of the season, which it seems to usurp, we’ll take some time to chime out about New Zealand Christmas bells.
Featuring slender leaves and bright crimson coloured flowers with green tips, Christmas bell blooms from summer through to autumn.

This deciduous perennial features a root system which grows deep, enabling it to spread over large areas. Surviving as underground tubers during winter, shoots break through and form stems in summer.

Because of their tall, straight stems – growing to approximately 60cms in height – and long lifespan, the blooms are excellent as cut flowers.

Preferring full or dappled sunlight, regular water and free-draining soil, these plants grow especially well on sloping banks.

While compost and plenty of water should be applied during the initial season, Christmas bells require little in the way of care and are very easy to grow. Removal of spent flowers is recommended to encourage growth for the following year.

Gardeners considering growing these plants should be wary, however. As a result of their hardy nature, once established, they can be tricky to eradicate.

Weedkiller – applied during the height of summer for optimum results – can help, but often removal of roots by hand is most effective. When doing so, take care to remove all roots; those missed can spawn fresh stems.

Nuts n' Cones Nuts n' Cones Canterbury Bells - Cup & Saucer Mixed - 5g Seeds
Lawn & Patio (Nuts n' Cones)
  • Decorative Flower Seeds.
  • Growing instructions provided with every resealable non-pictorial packet
  • Seed Quantity = 5g

Flower bed plan

2009-05-06 13:09:59 by mudshoes

If you plan on using the site every year for flowers pick another spot for the vinca as it is very fast growing. Vince I find works well to capture the fallen leaves under trees which in turn will feed the soil. It will also keep Lawn equiptment away from the trees. The canterbury bells are biennials producing leaves in their first year and producing beautiful flowers the following spring. SOOO in eaither case plan on giving them a good deal of space 3'X 3' so they can do their thing for years. Plan to stake the flowers as they emerge, so worth the little amt. of work. Put the lung wort in front of the canterbury bells and the cinnamon ferns in thje back of the border

Help please! Is this milkweed?

2007-08-16 11:03:19 by tapsnap

I'm a newbie to gardening and need guidance. I planted zinnias and they are thriving. I also planted hollyhocks and Canterbury bells next to the zinnias but this is what is taking over. Someone told me these are milkweed plants.
1-Are they milkweed and if so where did they come from and how did they spread and take over? They weren't there last year and are popping up EVERYWHERE in my yard and other garden beds.
2-Should I pull them? Any special advice or instructions for proper removal?
3-Do they have any purpose or uses at all?
I can't believe I thought they were the other flowers growing and I was so disappointed when I was informed that they are WEEDS!
Replies are MUCH appreciated!

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