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Asystasia bella, Mackaya bella, Forest bell bush, River bell

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Asystasia bella, Mackaya bella

Forest bell bush, River bell
Family: Acanthaceae
Origin: South Africa
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowers

Mackaya bella is a beautiful shrub or small tree with slender branches bearing dark green leaves. The leaves are simple and oppositely arranged. Small, hairy pockets are often found in the axil of the veins. It has beautiful, large and attractive mauve to white flowers in terminal racemes usually marked with fine purple-pink lines.

In the garden forest bell bush should be planted in well-drained soil, with plenty of compost. Water well in summer, but less frequently in winter. To encourage bushiness plants should be pruned often. Mackaya bella is frost tender and it is advisable to plant it in a protected spot in cold regions. If is frosted, it should be drastically pruned to encourage new growth from the base.

Growing Mackaya bella is easy from semi-hardwood stem cuttings taken during spring and autumn. Plants can also be propagated from seeds.


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