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Honeybells

Freylinia lanceolata

Honeybell bush(Eng), Heuningklokkiesbos (Afr.)

A small tree or bush with yellow bell flowers that attracts many insects and birds in winter. It is multi-stemmed and has long drooping branches (like a willow) with narrow elongated leaves. Seeds are small and brown. Naturally occurring along river banks and grows fast in moist conditions. It can be grown in both summer and winter rainfall regions. An attractive garden plant that attracts birds and insects in winter.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Harvest seeds after flower in spring to early summer.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed in Autumn one and a half times deeper than the size of the seed. Germination time is about 3 weeks.
Cuttings
Make cuttings in warmer summer months.

Special features

Attracts birds
Birds visit frequently because of abundance of insects attracted to the fragrant flowers.
Attracts useful insects
Fragrant flowers attracts butterflies, bees and other nectar-loving insects.
Wet sites
Thrive in wetlands and marshy areas.

Geography

Origin
Marshy areas in Southwestern Cape towards Uitenhage in the east and north towards Calvinia.
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Wet
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Notes
An attractive garden plant that attracts birds and insects in winter.

Personality

Family
Scrophulariaceae
Flower colour
Yellow, orange and cream.
Scent
Strong

Problems

Grasshoppers and nibbling insects.
Garden locust
Garden locust
Acanthacris ruficornis

Companion plants

Restio sp. Wachendorfia thyrsiflora, Arum lily

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