Saturday, March 5, 2016

Honey Bells

I'm so happy that this little groundcover plant Hermannia verticillata is blooming and growing so well in my garden. They call it Honey Bells. I grew it in a container before we bought our house and killed it twice. I bought this and the previous lost plants at The Huntington Library. I've never seen it at any other nursery for sale.

It is reported to be fragrant but I'll have to get my nose way down there to tell for sure.  Native to South Africa said to grow in sandy soil to only about 10" tall. Mine is already 3' wide in one year! It blooms in late winter and early spring. It likes my sandy soil and I hope to be able to keep it alive for a long time. The flowers are so cute!

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