Botanical Name: Moluccella laevis
Native: Asia and Ukraine
Plant Dimensions: 24″–36″ tall
Variety Information: Showy part of flower is large (2″) bell-like, apple-green calyx that contains tiny white flowers.
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom Period: Summer
Attributes: Cut Flower
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMEDED. 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date for chilling period. Seeds will germinate when soil temperature is above 50°F.
When to Start Inside: 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date. Sow in 3″ biodegradable pots; roots sensitive to disturbance.
Days to Emerge: 15–35 days
Seed Depth: Press into surface
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 12″
Thinning: When 2″ tall, thin to 1 plant every 12″
Harvesting: For longest vase life, harvest when half of the bells have opened. Be mindful of thorns when harvesting.