Real World Gardener Calibrachoa is Plant of the Week

March 22nd, 2015

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Do you like Petunias but they grow too lanky for you and you keep forgetting to pinch of the dead flowers so new flowers can grow?

This plant of the week is like a petunia on steroids but with smaller flowers that are self-cleaning flowers. 


Calibrachoa Aloha Sweet Cherry, photo Jeremy Critchley


Yep, when the flowers finish they fall off themselves.

With trade names like Superbells, million bells, cherry chimes – this plant sounds like it’s something you need to have at least one of in your garden.

Calibrachoa is a genus of plants in the Solanaceae (nightshade) family.

They are evergreen short-lived perennials and subshrubs with a sprawling habit, with small petunia-type flowers.

In fact they’re closely related to Petunias.

These flowers are native to South America as are petunias; mainly from southern Brazil across to Peru and Chile, growing in scrub and open grassland.

While Calibrachoa ‘million bells’ ‘cherry bells’ and so on, might be a fairly new species, this dazzling little plant is a must-have in the garden.

Its name comes from the fact that it has hundreds of small, bell-like flowers which look like miniature petunias.

Its trailing habit makes it perfect for use in hanging baskets, containers or as a small area ground cover.

Flowering -Early spring to late autumn in warmer climates.


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