Million Bells
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Million Bells
P Introduced Photo: Aarti Khale
Common name: Million Bells
Botanical name: Calibrachoa spp.    Family: Solanaceae (Potato family)

Million Bells is a popular plant for growing in containers, and closely related to Petunias. The plant has a trailing habit and look great in hanging baskets, bowls, or mixed containers. Calibrachoa is a prolific bloomer and produces one-inch blossoms that resemble tiny petunias. Million Bells is a hybrid cultivar, and comes in a rainbow of colors, in solids and two-tones, stripes, patterns, and stunning double blooms. Their compact leaves are oval-shaped and a bit sticky. Calibrachoa should be planted outdoors in mid- to late spring, once all danger of frost has passed. It grows quickly and blooms from planting through fall. Like Petunias, Calibrachoa are found in some region of South America, from southern Brazil across to Peru and Chile, inhabiting scrub and open grassland.

Identification credit: Aarti Khale Photographed in Jijamata Udyan, Mumbai.

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