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Correa 'Dusky Bells'

NOTE: Originally Correa 'Pink Bells'

ORIGIN: Correa 'Dusky Bells' is most probably a hybrid between a form of C. reflexa and C.pulchella. Its origin is obscure and its time of introduction to horticulture equally so, though it has been suggested that it may have been as long as fifty years ago (1). The cultivar was first received by the Authortiy in July 1980. Registration applied for by W R and G M Elliott of Montrose, Victoria.

DESCRIPTION: Correa 'Dusky Bells' is an extremely compact and very dense shrub, rarely exceeding 0.6m in height. In more sheltered situations plants may grow marginally taller. Plants can spread form 2 to 4m across. Leaves vary considerably in size, from 10 to 40mm long by 5 to 20mm in width. They are elliptic to lanceolate or ovate in shape. The leaf apex is usually obtuse but can be emarginate. They are a dull green above and lighter green below. Both surfaces of the leaves have white stellate hairs when young but these hairs are practically absent on the upper surface of the older leaves. The uppermost part of the stems and branchlets are covered in brown stellate hairs. The tubular flowers are solitary and axillary. The exterior of the corolla is a pale carmine pink. The corolla is from 25 to 40mm in length. The outer surface of the corolla is densely covered in stellate hairs while the inner surface is free of hairs. The flowering period is from March to September though occasional flowers may be found at other times of the year.

DIAGNOSIS: This cultivar is easily distinguished by its dense compact habit, the distinctive foliage and the colour of its flowers.

CULTIVATION NOTES: Correa 'Dusky Bells' has been known by a number of names in the past, including Correa 'Pink Bells', Correa 'Rubra', Correa'Carmine Bells' and Correa sp. (pink). It is believed to have been first introduced as Correa sp., and for further ease of identification it became correa sp. (pink). It is now widely distributed through nurseries as Correa 'Dusky Bells'. This name was originally applied to a form of Correa reflexa with "long bells of a deep dusky red with yellow tips" (2). As Correa 'Dusky Bells' has been so well known in horticulture and will continue to be distributed as Correa 'Dusky Bells', Article 46 of the International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants 1980 has been instigated. This Article states that a name which has come into common usage may be retained as the correct name if using a previous name would lead to confusion. This is only done in special circumstances. Correa 'Dusky Bells' is a long-lived shrub and is proven to be frost hardy and moderately drought resistant, though it grows best in a moist soil in semi-shaded situations. It is a long-lived shrub. The flowers are conspicuous when in full flower even though some may be partially hidden by foliage. Vegetative propagation must be used to preserve the cultivar form. Good results can be achieved from cuttings at most times of the year.

PREVIOUS PUBLICATION: This cultivar would have been referred to in published work for many years as Correa sp. eg. Boddy's Nursery Catalogue in 1967 page no. 53.

COLOUR CODE: RHS Colour Chart 1966.

corolla: varies from near red group 47A at the top of the tube to red group 53A at the base of the tube.


NOTES: (1) From information provided by the applicant. (2) Boddy's Nursery Catalogue 1967 p. 53.