Purple Bells

Dyschoriste thunbergiiflora

Persklokkies (Afr.)

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This fast-growing, evergreen shrub with its purple flowers can be planted in any soil type. It can serve as a hedge, a stand alone ornamental plant and even thrives in a pot. It can be propagated with ease and will attract insects and birds to your garden all summer long.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn, Spring

Fruiting time

Winter

Harvesting

Seeds must be harvested once the capsule has turned brown, and before the capsules burst open.

Propagation

Seed

Seeds must be collected before the capsules (product of pollinated flower) bursts open. Collect the seed when the capsule start to turn brown. Sow seeds in a seed tray with well drained sandy soil.

Cuttings

Use softwood cuttings from summer growth. Place in sandy soil, use appropriate rooting hormone powder to increase success. Keep in a warm sheltered area. Roots should form within 6 weeks.

Layering

Bend branch over, remove the leaves from the part to be covered with sand and peg down if necessary. Remove branch from mother plant only once rooting has taken place and transplant in suitable soil.

Special features

Attracts birds

Birds do not get nectar from the flowers but feed on the insects which pollinates the flowers.

Attracts useful insects

Insects, which includes several species of butterflies, pollinates the Purple bell.

Pot plant

It can tolerate full sun, but only for a part of the day. Make sure the soil drains well in the pot. Any size pot will do.

Hedge plant

Prune tips of the branches at the top of the plant to allow lateral growth in the direction needed.

Attracts butterflies

Wind break

Special features

Origin

Tropical Africa, Kenya and eastern Uganda

Natural climate

Tropical

Environment

Light

Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Ornamental

Dyschoriste thunbergiiflora is used mainly as an ornamental plant.

Personality

Family

Acanthaceae

Flower colour

Purple, Blue

Scent

None

Problems

Generally pest and disease free

Credits

profile iconDyschoriste thunbergiiflora
by Cherise Viljoen, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, March 2016 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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