RIVER BELL or FOREST BELL BUSH
Mackaya bella is a member of the Acanthaceae family and a native of South Africa and is the only plant in the genus.
It is a small shrub with beautiful dark green leaves. It has beautiful, large, attractive mauve to white flowers in terminal racemes usually marked with fine purple-pink lines. It grows really well in shade but flowers best in dappled shade.
It grows best if planted in well-drained soil, with plenty of compost. Water well in summer, but less frequently in winter.
To encourage bushiness plants should be pruned often. Mackaya bella is frost tender and it is advisable to plant it in a protected spot in cold regions. If it is frosted, it should be drastically pruned to encourage new growth from the base.
Mackaya bella performs best in sub-tropical to temperate regions.
ENJOY THIS RARE SHRUB!