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common name: Forest Bell Bush, River Bell
synonyms: Asystasia bella
growth rate: fast
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: white
main season: Spring
part shade, shade
moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: acid
minimum temp: 2°C
USDA zone: 10 to 11
Attractive sub-tropical evergreen shrub or small tree. Slender branches and opposite, toothed, glossy dark green leaves. Terminal racemes of bell-shaped, papery, white or mauve tinted flowers, usually with dark purple-red veining.
Moist, well drained, humus-rich soil in part shade. Keep fairly dry in winter. Not frost hardy and needs a mild climate, or can be grown in a cool conservatory. Can be grown in a container.
Prune to encourage tidy, bushy growth or control size.
From seed or semi-ripe cuttings.
Shaded shrub borders in mild climates or in a container as a conservatory plant.
Native to South Africa, found in wooded areas often near streams.
The genus Mackaya was named after James Townsend Mackay, author of Flora Hibernica.