Mackaya Bella

Common Name -Mackaya Bella (also known as Forest bell bush)

Plant Identification

Genus:
Family: Acanthaceae
Species:
Plant type: Evergreen shrub (Indigenous to South Africa)
Variety: Bella
Note: Mackaya bella is a beautiful shrub or small tree with slender branches bearing dark green leaves. The leaves are simple and oppositely arranged. Small, hairy pockets are often found in the axil of the veins. It has beautiful, large and attractive mauve to white flowers in terminal racemes usually marked with fine purple-pink lines.

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Makhaya Bella

Mackaya Bella

Mackaya Bella

Mackaya Bella

Plant Descriptions

Fruit / flower: It has beautiful, large and attractive mauve to white flowers in terminal racemes usually marked with fine purple-pink lines.
Colour: White flowers with fine purple lines.
Flowering time: From spring to Autumn.
Flower size:
Fragrance:
Height: 6 – 10 feet
Width: 6 – 8 feet
Foliage description: glossy dark green lush leaves
Foliage colour: dark green

Plant Requirements

Light preference: It thrives in a semi-shaded position.
Watering: Water well in summer, but less frequently in winter.
Temperature: Mackaya bella is frost tender and it is advisable to plant it in a protected spot in cold regions.
Soil requirements: Well-drained soil, with plenty of compost
Fertilisation:
Pruning: To encourage bushiness, Mackaya Bella should be pruned often.

Other Information

Insects:
Diseases:
Propogation: Growing Mackaya bella is easy from semi-hardwood stem cuttings taken during spring and autumn. Plants can also be propagated from seeds. Cutting materials may be treated with root stimulating hormone and should be planted in washed river sand. Rooting can be hastened by keeping the cuttings in a misted bed.
Other notes: In the garden forest bell bush should be planted in well-drained soil, with plenty of compost. Water well in summer, but less frequently in winter.

About the author: Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

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