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Hi everyone, has anybody ever grown California Blue Bells. I have got about 30 of these little bulbs but I don't know anything about them. Can they be invasive and take over your garden or should I just put them into a pot. Any advise would be greatly apreciated.image

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  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,966

    Do you know their botanical name because that might help us to give advice.

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  • donutsmrsdonutsmrs Posts: 486

    Hi punkdoc, it says on the box that they are phacelia companularia, hope that helps.

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,966

    The Phacelia that I know are not invasive, have beautiful flowers and the insects love them, so plant away.

    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

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  • donutsmrsdonutsmrs Posts: 486

    Oh that great punkdoc thank you very much. Guess what I'm doing this afternoon?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,424

    Bulbs? I thought they were annuals, good for bees and green manuring



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  • donutsmrsdonutsmrs Posts: 486

    They are very similar to crocus bulbs, quite small.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,424

    That does suprise me. I've never seen those, I've only sown something I thought was called phacelia as an annual. 



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  • donutsmrsdonutsmrs Posts: 486

    In tiny writing lower down on the box it says Triteleia Queen Fabiola, I will be honest I have never heard of these.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,424

    Those are bulbs donutmrs. I tried those once but I think I should have planted them as summer bulbs. I planted them with the rest in autumn when I bought them. Never saw them again.

    I'm more than puzzled now though. Phacelia campanularia, annual, Boraginaceae.

    Tritelia laxa 'Queen Fabiola', bulb, Alliaceae.

    Yours must be the latter to have bulbs. Perhaps someone can throw some light on this. I like to know about  these things



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  • donutsmrsdonutsmrs Posts: 486

    Thank you nutcutlet, who would have thought that such little bulbs would cause such a problem. They do look so lovely on the box though.

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