In Honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, celebrated on March 17th each year, honoring Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, we are featuring one of the most traditional flowers given during this joyous celebration – Belles of Ireland.

“In the green gardens of Ireland, the Belles of Ireland stand tall, their delicate bells ringing in the winds of fortune.” – Unknown

Here is a brief history and meaning of this stately flower:

The common name “Belles of Ireland” (known scientifically as Moluccella laevis) likely stems from the plant’s association with Ireland, as its green color and unique appearance made it a distinctive and popular plant in Irish gardens. It’s also known as “shellflower” due to the shape of its flowers. Native to western Asia, Turkey, and the eastern Mediterranean region, they were introduced to Europe in the 16th century and later spread to other parts of the world. In Victorian flower language, which was a way of communicating feelings through the arrangement of flowers, Belles of Ireland symbolized good luck, prosperity, and good fortune.


The scientific name Moluccella laevis is derived from Molucca, a group of islands in Indonesia where the plant was once thought to be native, although it actually originated in western Asia.

Genus: “Moluccella” comes from the Latin word “Molucca,” referring to the Molucca Islands. “Laevis” is Latin for “smooth” or “without hair,” describing the plant’s smooth leaves and stems.

Appearance: Belles of Ireland are tall, upright annual plants with smooth, bright green stems and leaves. The most striking feature is their cone-shaped clusters of small, bell-shaped flowers, which are typically a pale green color.

Growing Conditions: They prefer full sun and well-drained soil and are relatively easy to grow from seeds. Belles of Ireland are often used as ornamental plants in gardens, and their distinctive appearance makes them popular for floral arrangements and bouquets.


Good Luck: In addition to their aesthetic appeal, Belles of Ireland have been traditionally associated with good luck and prosperity, particularly in Irish culture. They are often included in bouquets for weddings and other celebratory occasions.

Here are a few of our favorite Good Luck arrangements:

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“Like emerald sentinels, the Belles of Ireland guard the garden’s secrets, their silent presence a testament to nature’s beauty.” – Unknown

Other Symbolic meanings of Belles of Ireland

  • Irish Heritage and Pride: Due to their association with Ireland, Belles of Ireland are sometimes seen as symbols of Irish heritage and pride. Their presence in gardens and floral arrangements can evoke feelings of connection to Irish culture and identity.
  • Elegance and Grace: With their tall, upright stems and delicate, bell-shaped flowers, Belles of Ireland are admired for their elegance and grace. They add a touch of sophistication to floral displays and symbolize refinement and beauty.
  • Renewal and Rebirth: As annual plants that bloom in the spring, Belles of Ireland can symbolize renewal and rebirth. They are often included in bouquets and arrangements to celebrate the arrival of the new season and the promise of growth and renewal.
  • Resilience and Strength: Belles of Ireland are known for their hardiness and ability to thrive in various conditions. As such, they can symbolize resilience, strength, and perseverance in the face of adversity.
  • Subtlety and Serenity: The pale green color of Belles of Ireland imparts a sense of subtlety and serenity. They are often used to add a calming and tranquil element to floral compositions, symbolizing peace and serenity.

Overall, Belles of Ireland hold rich symbolism that encompasses themes of luck, prosperity, heritage, elegance, renewal, resilience, and serenity. Their unique appearance and cultural significance make them a meaningful choice for various occasions and celebrations.