Correa ‘Carmine Bells’ aka ‘Dusky Bells’
Pronounced KOR-ree-ah, this long-lived Australian Native shrub is commonly referred to as “Australian Fuchsia”. ‘Carmine Bells’ grows 2 feet tall and 3-5 feet wide. It has a moderate growth rate and is an excellent choice for garden beds, banks and slopes. It is also attractive in large containers where the bell-shaped flowers can be enjoyed up close. Autumn through spring is when ‘Carmine Bells’ comes into bloom and the hummingbirds can hardly resist the carmine-rose flowers. The gray-green leaves of Correa ‘Carmine Bells’ are felted on the underside and range from narrow oval (elliptic), to lance-shaped (lanceolate) to egg-shaped (ovate).
This tried and true perennial shrub is drought tolerant and requires well-drained soil. Plant in full sun along the coast and part shade in hot summer regions, where occasional irrigation will help this plant to thrive. Regular tip pruning will promote new growth and encourage additional flowering. It is cold hardy to 20°F, and the Sunset Climate Zones are 14-24. We are currently selling Correa ‘Carmine Bells’ in one gallon containers. Check out our website www.clearwatercolor.com to see photos of these handsome perennials as well as many other Mediterranean plants that are suitable for our Central Coast climate.