Previous species
Previous Species

Next Species
Next Species

Home Page

Order CD-ROMs from the site

Tell a Friend

Gardening Books

Gardening Catalogs


Forest Bell Bush, River Bell
Scientific Name: Mackaya bella Harv.
Synonym: Asystasia bella
Family: Acanthaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 15-24
USDA: 9b-11

Frost Tolerance: Frost tender, hardy to 25F (-4C) without major damage.

Sun Exposure: Shade to part sun

Origin: South Africa (Eastern Cape, Kwazulu Natal, Swaziland and Northern Province)

Growth Habits: Tree or shrub, 6 feet to 10 feet tall (1.8 m-3 m), up to 5 feet in spread (1.5 m); glossy, dark green, opposite leaves, 4 inches to 5 inches long (10 cm-12.5 cm)

Watering Needs: Moderate water to regular water, prefers acidic soil conditions

Propagation: Semi-hardwood cuttings in spring and autumn, seeds.

The genus Mackaya is named after the botanist James Townsend Mackay, author of Flora Hibernica.

Blooming Habits:
Light blue flowers, up to 2 inches long (5 cm), in early spring to late spring. Michigan Bulb - 120 x 60 Lawns Banner! Gurney's 120 x 60 A

We do get a small commission out of these sponsors that helps financing the website.  Let us know if you are satisfied or dissatisfied of their services, since obviously we are trying to advertise only for reputable garden supply companies.  They might be helpful to get plants not generally available at the local garden center, getting a new and unusual gardening tool or get a discount Better Homes and Gardens magazine subscription.


Desert Tropicals Home Page | List of All the Plants | More in the Acanthaceae family | Tell your friends about this page

Desert-Tropicals is dedicated to provide gardening advice, gardening ideas, and information about flower of all kind for landscape and collections. We try to check carefully the identification of the plants on the illustrations as well as the other information from the page, but occasionally errors do occur. if you notice anything that needs to be changed please contact us. Thanks.

1998-2005 Philippe Faucon, All Rights Reserved.