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Cathedral Bells

Cobaea scandens

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Also known as

Mexican Ivy, Cup And Saucer Vine, Monastery Bells, Cups And Saucers, Cup-And-Saucer-Vine, Cup-and-saucer vine

Cobaea scandens 05 by Michael Wolf (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

H2

RHS hardiness

1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

4m

Max

1m

2.5m

Min

50cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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A close up of some developing white green Cobaea scandens flowers on a plant
Some purple Cobaea scandens flowers on a plant
A close up of a purple Cobaea scandens flower and some green leaves
Cobaea scandens (flower)
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Cathedral Bells Overview

Cobaea scandens is a perennial species in the phlox family, Polemoniaceae. Originating from Mexico, common names include Mexican Ivy, Cup-and-Saucer Vine, Cathedral Bells, or Monastery Bells. This species is often grown as an annual due to its tenderness, it doesn't cope well with temperatures below 5 degrees Celcius. It has a strong, climbing habit and produces pinnately divided foliage, leaflets measure around 10cm in length and end in small hooks for climbing. Flowers are big, fragrant and bell-shaped, around 5cm long and develop from white-green to a lovely purple shade. The blooms are popular with pollinating insects and this species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Cathedral Bells

How to propagate Cathedral Bells

Seed

Cuttings

Softwood cuttings.

Special features of Cathedral Bells

Attractive flowers

Attracts bees

Other uses of Cathedral Bells

Climbing, ornamental, containers, flowers