Qualup Bell or Pimelea physodes
A Native to Western Australia this Pilelea or ‘Qualup Bell’ (see picture right) or pimelea physodes not only makes a fascinating garden plant but also an attractive cut flower. If you are looking at growing them, try to find the grafted varieties which are available for sale from specialist native plant nurseries.
The Qualup Bell is a small upright shrub to approx 1m, they can be grown in a sandy loam and prefer a mild climate.
Protect from full sun for best quality flowers. Grafted plants seem to be hardier than those from seed. A good specimen of a grafted Qualup Bell could just be the best Australian Native plant in your garden.
We believe that the grafted varieties of are an adaptable native plant. Originally from Western Australia the image (left) was taken in the Dandenong ranges east of Melbourne, a long way from the sand belts where they originated.
This is a grafted plant we purchased from Vaughans Australian Native Plants many years ago. Its doing well in a large pot, but would do equally well in a well drained position in the garden. The Qualop Bell is a great plant, this one is flowering in May, very attractive green and red bell shaped flowers. A real Native Australian Beauty.
Other Pimelea species include : Pimelea ferruginea, Pimelea linifolia, and Pimelea spicata. Pimelea physodes or ‘Qualup Bell’ is perhaps the most widely seen in gardens.