A native to Western Australia the ‘Qualup Bell’, (see picture right) or Pimelea physodes not only makes a fascinating garden plant but also an attractive cut flower.
They are grown for the flowers, large drooping bell shaped flowers from autumn through to winter. The flowers are long lasting and attractive.
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.
Best grown when protected from full sun in the afternoon 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.
- Botanical Name – Pimelea physodes
- Common Names – Qualup Bell
- Country of Origin – Australia, Western Australia
- Climate Zones – Temperate, Mediterranean to Warm
- Position – Full sun to part afternoon shade
- Soil – Very well drained humus rich, sandy loam.
- Height – Generally around 1 metre with an upright growth habit.
- Spread – To .7 metres plus.
- Growth Rate – Slow to Medium
- Foliage – Oval shaped leaves, Green to Silvery Blue Grey.
- Flowers – Deep Red Pink and Green
- Flowering Time – Autumn through winter depending on climate.
- Frost tolerant – Light frosts only, not suited to humid climates
- Drought tolerant – Yes.
Use Pimelea physodes as a feature plant in the garden or in a container.
Other Related Species
Pimelea ferruginea, Pimelea linifolia, and Pimelea spicata.