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Monday, 31 August 2015

GROWING SUNSET BELLS IN MY GARDEN.

Today, I want to introduce a striking, flowering plant from my garden. Some of its common names are Sunset Bells, Black Flamingo, Copper Leaf and Squarestem. Its scientific name is Chrysothemis Pulchella.
Sunset Bells have bright and striking yellow flowers with reddish orange stripes and spots on its petals.
The bright yellow flowers are supported by bright reddish orange calyces.
And there are very fine white hair on the outerside of the yellow flowers.
The flowers and calyces comes in small clusters supported by green stalks.
The bright yellow flowers last only 1 to 2 days but the bright reddish orange calyces last a long time.
The veined leaves are dark and glossy, purplish in colour.
They are velvety/leathery textured with toothed edges.
The underside of leaves are veined and purple in colour.
 The stems are green, thick and succulent.
Sunset Bells is a tropical plant.
 It grows well in normal moist garden soil with good water drainage.
Just make sure the soil is not to dry or too wet.
 It only needs fertilizing once in few weeks.
 Sunset Bells are grown as ornamental plants.
 It is suitable for growing in containers or pots.
 Its roots are not deep growing and is suitable for growing in shallow pots.
So far I have propagated this plant through stem cuttings.
 It is easy to grow and easy to maintain. It is pest and trouble free.

"I have told you these things,

so that in Me you may have peace.

In this world you will have trouble.

But take heart! I have overcome the world."

(John 16:33, NIV)

40 comments:

  1. Very colourful flowers but small.

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    1. I think the striking and bright colours of the flowers make up for the small size.

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  2. Such a striking plant, even the leaves have a vibrancy about them. The flowers are such a beautiful colour.

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    1. Thank you. Love this as an ornamental plant.

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  3. I have never seen this flower before...

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    1. Hi Sharon, it is not commonly found in the plant nurseries.

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  4. Nancy, this plant is quite pretty although I find the color quite gaudy.

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    1. Hi Phong Hong, if this plant is placed among the greens, then its bright colours will be blended.

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  5. What wonderful colors! Tom The Backroads Traveller

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    1. Thank you, Tom. Have a wonderful day!

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  6. Looks like they're related to Begonia.

    They're beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, Lili. Have a beautiful day!

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    1. Thank you, Angie. Have a exciting day!

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  8. This is the first time that i see/heard about this kind. My mom loves planting as well. :)

    The verse though is my fave verse anyway. :) That's my life verse.

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    1. Thank you, Steve. There are many other plants which I have not seen too. Have a lovely day!

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  9. Nancy your flowers are masterpiece of God..

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    1. Thank you, Gosia. Yes, indeed they are!

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    1. Hi Tanya, overall my garden is just a simple one.

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  11. very healthy place u have there ;)

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    1. Thank you, Irvine. Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Have a beautiful day!

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    1. Thank you, William. Have a lovely day!

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  14. This is really beautiful! I don't think I have ever seen this flower.

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    1. Thank you, Rose. This plant is not commonly found in the nursery.

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  15. Have I told you that I love your garden? I do and I love your photography too.

    Have a fabulous day filled with smiles. ☺

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    1. Thank you, Sandee. Thank you so much for your lovely comments. Have a wonderful day!

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  16. That's a new plant for me. So pretty. Thanks for showing this beautiful plant.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Thank you, Julia. Have a beautiful day!

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  17. Oh. What a lively name. I used to have 2 pots of these but died off when I moved to Sibu. I got the plant from my kids' ex-nanny then.

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    1. Hi Rose, I think I will try to propagate one or two more pots for my garden.

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    1. Thank you, ladyfi. Have a lovely day!

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  19. I have this plant in my garden but I don't know its names. Am zero in plants' names. Quite easy to plant & the leaves a bit hairy, rite?

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    1. Yes, Irene. It is quite easy as long as the soil not too dry and not too wet. It also like semi-shade. The leaves are a bit hairy and rough.

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  20. Your pictures are superbly sharp! I hardly know the names of plants... and you have so many for just one plant. :)

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    1. Thank you, Stacy. I am trying the best with my mobile phone camera. Sometimes I can get clear and sharp photos but sometimes I get blur ones. Lol!

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