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Correa 'Dusky Bells'


Correa 'Dusky Bells' belongs to the Rutaceae family. The genus is endemic to Australia and Correa is a small group within this family.


The genus Correa is named after the Portuguese botanist and diplomat Correia da Serra (1751 – 1823). Correa 'Dusky Bells' is a likely hybrid of C . reflex and C. Pulchella . It is thought that it may have been cultivated for at least 50 years. In 1986, its registration with the Australian Cultivar Registration Authority (ACRA) was applied for by WR and GM Elliott, although the cultivar was received by the authority in 1980. 

Its synonyms are: Correa 'Pink Bells', Correa 'Carmine Bells', Correa 'Rubra' and Correa sp. (Pink).


Distribution of Correa reflexa and Correa pulchella

Correa reflexa, a kind of parent of Correa 'Dusky Bells', comes from South Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, eastern South Australia and Tasmania. Correa pulchella is practically restricted to South Australia. Both parent species are mostly distributed in temperate regions. Therefore, it can be inferred that Correa 'Dusky Bells' is not likely to grow well in the hot tropics such as North Queensland.



It is a very attractive evergreen shrub that grows up to 1 m in height and 2 to 4 m in diameter. The leaves are 4.5 cm long and 2.5 cm wide; Elliptical or lanceolate to ovate in shape. The beautiful bell-shaped flowers are up to an inch long. The four fused petals are pale crimson pink.


Correa's hybrids tend to be more compact and flower more fruitfully than the wild species, which makes them very attractive plants for gardening. Correa 'Dusky Bells' is drought and frost tolerant. It's great for a shaded environment. She prefers slightly shady situations to full sun. It also attracts birds to gardens. Many of the Correa species are pollinated by birds, such as honey consumers, where they normally find nectar in abundance.


Flowering occurs from March to September. However, they can also flower sporadically displaying their bell-shaped flowers at various times of the year.



In general, growing Correa 'Dusky Bells' is easy. They prefer moist soil, although they are drought tolerant. They prefer friable, well-drained, fertile loam soils. If it grows too much, you can prune the plant without any major problems. Regular pruning is good for the plant as it makes it more compact. It is better to avoid  very humid areas.


Correa 'Dusky Bells' is an excellent evergreen garden plant. It is easy to grow, beautiful and drought and frost tolerant.


Correa "Dusky Bells"

SKU: P0418
  • Vase 17 cm   Total Height 60  cm

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