Phlogacanthus turgidus, which is commonly known as Lavender Bells, is a small evergreen shrub native to Africa. It typically grows up to 2-5 feet tall and wide and is a good choice for containers. This rare, slow-growing plant features glossy, deep green leaves and beautiful, brightly colored flowers in a range of colors from pink to white to off-white. The Lavender Bells begin to bloom in late winter to spring, lasting almost the entire season.
This plant enjoys partial shade or bright, indirect sunlight. It needs regular watering, but allow the soil to dry out between waterings. It does not tolerate wet feet and likes good drainage, particularly for outdoor potted plants, so a potting mix with plenty of perlite and a fast draining pot is best. Applying fertilizer once every two weeks or monthly can help keep the Lavender Bells healthy and vibrant.
Lavender Bells can be grown outdoors in warm climates with USDA zones 9 to 11. In cooler regions, a containerized plant can be grown outdoors during the warm season and brought indoors for the winter. When growing in a pot indoors during winter, be sure to provide enough light and humidity and make sure the pot does not stay wet for too long. It also helps to lightly mist the foliage during the winter months for added humidity. Outdoor plants should be placed in a location that is sheltered from cold winds and temperatures.
Overall, the Lavender Bells is an easy-care plant with gorgeous, vibrant flowers and glossy foliage. With proper care, it can flourish and provide a beautiful display of color in any garden space.