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Aloha Fire Million Bells

Calibrachoa hybrid

Growing Zones 9-11
  • Height: 10-14″
  • Width:  12-18″
  • Spacing:  12-16″
  • Design Role:  Filler, Spiller

  • Location : Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Water: Average
  • Fertilizer:  Average
  • Growth Habit: Mounding trailing

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Description

Calibrachoa or million bells are rapidly becoming some of the most popular bedding plants on the market. Members of the Aloha Series, developed by German horticultural company Dümmen, are warm-season annuals to tender perennials with more upright stems that create more of a mounding plant rather than the usual spreading, sprawling growth habit. Cultivars included in this series bear slightly larger-sized flowers, more akin to petunias. These blossoms appear prolifically across the growing season, with multiple colors on each blossom, including a yellow throat in each tubular, trumpet-like flower.

loha Fire Calibrachoa is smothered in stunning red trumpet-shaped flowers with orange overtones and yellow throats at the ends of the stems from late spring to early fall. Its small pointy leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.  Aloha Fire Calibrachoa is a dense herbaceous annual with a trailing habit of growth, eventually spilling over the edges of hanging baskets and containers. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep. Trim off the flower heads after they fade and die to encourage more blooms late into the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.