Million Bells Calibrachoa Chameleon Blueberry Scone = 'Wescachablusc' (Chameleon Series)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
calibrachoa [Chameleon Blueberry Scone]

ABOUT

The Calibrachoa Chameleon Blueberry Scone, part of the Chameleon Series, is a striking plant popular for its unique color-changing flowers. The blossoms exhibit a playful mix of pink, blue, and purple hues, which shift in intensity and pattern throughout the blooming season, creating a dynamic and eye-catching display. Each petite, trumpet-shaped flower features soft, rounded petal edges that often showcase a blend of these colors, sometimes with splotches or streaks giving the appearance of a blueberry scone's mixed berries amid dough. This mesmerizing effect is attributed to the plant's ability to adapt its flower colors to temperature changes and light levels. The plant itself is lush and trailing, adorned with small, pointy leaves that form a dense, green backdrop to the vivid floral show. The foliage provides a textural contrast to the smooth, delicate flowers. Although commonly grown in hanging baskets, containers, or as an edging plant, it is the dramatic, ever-changing blooms that truly set the Calibrachoa Chameleon Blueberry Scone apart, making it a favorite among gardeners seeking to add a touch of whimsy and a splash of evolving color to their landscapes.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family

      Solanaceae

    • Synonyms

      Blueberry Scone Calibrachoa, Million Bells, Mini Petunia

    • Common names

      Calibrachoa Chameleon Blueberry Scone = 'Wescachablusc' (Chameleon Series).

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The plant commonly known as Million Bells is not known to be toxic to humans. There is limited information on the specific Chameleon Blueberry Scone variety, but the Calibrachoa genus, in general, does not contain significant toxins that would cause harm to humans if ingested. Consequently, there are no specific symptoms of poisoning associated with ingestion of this plant. However, it’s always prudent to exercise caution and avoid ingesting any plant material if its edibility is uncertain, as individual allergic reactions or gastrointestinal upset could occur.

    • To pets

      The Million Bells plant is generally considered non-toxic to pets, including both cats and dogs. There is minimal information on the specific variety Chameleon Blueberry Scone, but the Calibrachoa species does not typically pose a risk of poisoning to pets. Thus, ingestion of this plant is not expected to cause any significant symptoms of poisoning. Nevertheless, as with humans, it is always wise to discourage pets from eating ornamental plants, as individual pets may have unique sensitivities or may experience mild gastrointestinal upset from consuming plant matter they are not accustomed to.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle

      Annuals

    • Foliage type

      Evergreen

    • Color of leaves

      Green

    • Flower color

      Mixed

    • Height

      1 foot (30 cm)

    • Spread

      2 feet (60 cm)

    • Plant type

      Herb

    • Hardiness zones

      9

    • Native area

      South America

Benefits

  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Easy to grow: Calibrachoa Chameleon Blueberry Scone is adaptable to various growing conditions, making it suitable for novice gardeners.
    • Continuous blooming: This plant produces flowers consistently throughout the growing season, providing long-lasting color in the garden or containers.
    • Attracts pollinators: The vibrant flowers attract beneficial insects like bees and butterflies, which help pollinate other plants in the garden.
    • Low maintenance: Calibrachoa Chameleon Blueberry Scone requires minimal care, such as occasional deadheading to promote more blooms.
    • Versatile use: It can be grown in hanging baskets, containers, or as a ground cover, making it a versatile addition to any garden design.
    • Drought tolerant: Once established, it has a good tolerance to short periods of drought, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Colorful variety: The Chameleon series is known for its ability to change color based on light levels and temperature, adding a unique visual appeal.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Calibrachoa can be used in educational settings, such as biology classrooms, to teach hybridization and genetics due to the plant's breeding for varied color patterns.
    • They can be planted over pet graves as a living tribute, offering a natural way to mark the spot and remember a beloved animal companion.
    • Calibrachoa can be used as a natural dye source, with the petals potentially providing colorants for arts and crafts.
    • As a subject for artistic inspiration, Calibrachoa's vibrant colors can be used as a reference for painters and illustrators.
    • These plants can serve as a hands-on tool for teaching children or gardening beginners about plant care and horticulture.
    • Calibrachoa can be included in sensory gardens due to their colorful appearance and texture, providing a stimulating experience.
    • They can be used as living decorations on cakes or desserts, although they are not edible, for an added floral touch in food photography or at events.
    • Calibrachoa may be incorporated into wedding bouquets and centerpieces as a filler plant to create a lush, overflowing aesthetic.
    • When dried, the petals of Calibrachoa can be used in potpourri mixtures to add color, albeit without a significant scent contribution.
    • They can be floated in water features or bird baths for a whimsical touch, though they will not remain viable for long and should be replaced regularly.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Calibrachoa is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Calibrachoa is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Adaptability: Part of the Chameleon series, Calibrachoa Chameleon Blueberry Scone symbolizes adaptability and versatility, reflecting its ability to change color and blend with varying surroundings.
    • Transformation: The transformative nature of Calibrachoa, especially in this Chameleon series, suggests personal growth and the ability to evolve and change over time, just as the plant displays a range of hues.
    • Joy: The bright and variable colors of Blueberry Scone Calibrachoa are reminiscent of joy and cheerfulness, often used to brighten gardens and living spaces.

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Every 1-2 days
Water
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2500 - 10000 Lux
Light
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5%
Humidity
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Every year
Repotting
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Spring-Early Summer
Propogation
✂️️
As needed
Pruning
  • water dropWater

    Million Bells should be watered thoroughly and allowed to dry slightly between waterings. Depending on the weather conditions, this might mean watering once every few days during hot, dry periods or less often during cooler, moist conditions. Typically, a good rule of thumb is to provide about 1 inch of water per week, which equates to approximately 0.623 gallons per square foot. It's crucial to avoid waterlogging by ensuring good drainage, as this plant is sensitive to overly wet soil and can develop root rot.

  • sunLight

    Million Bells thrives in a spot that receives full sun to part shade, meaning at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day is ideal. However, it can tolerate some afternoon shade in extremely hot climates to prevent scorching. Locate the plant in a place where it will get plenty of bright light to encourage better blooming.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Million Bells performs best in temperatures ranging from 55 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit at night and between 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. It can tolerate a minimum temperature of around 50 degrees Fahrenheit and a maximum of about 90 degrees Fahrenheit, but prolonged exposure to temperatures outside this range may harm the plant. Ideal conditions foster healthy growth and abundant flowering.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Million Bells encourages bushier growth and can help prevent the plant from becoming leggy. It's best to prune or pinch back the tips of the stems every few weeks during the active growing season. Doing this after a flush of blooms can stimulate new growth and additional flowers. Prune the plant before it starts to set seed to keep it energetically producing blossoms.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Million Bells thrive in a well-draining soil mix composed of potting soil, perlite, and peat. For optimum growth, the soil pH should be slightly acidic to neutral, between 5.6 and 6.5.

  • plantRepotting

    Million Bells should be repotted every year or when rootbound, usually in early spring to refresh the soil and provide adequate space for growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Million Bells prefer moderate ambient humidity levels; however, they are adaptable and can tolerate both higher and lower humidity environments as long as their soil moisture needs are met properly.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light with well-draining soil.

    • Outdoor

      Full sun to part shade, in well-draining containers or beds.

    • Hardiness zone

      9-11 USDA.

  • circleLife cycle

    The life of a Calibrachoa Chameleon Blueberry Scone ('Wescachablusc') begins as a seed, which when sown, germinates in warm conditions with ample light. The seedling then develops true leaves and establishes a root system, growing vigorously with proper care including adequate watering and plenty of sunlight. As it matures, it enters the vegetative stage, during which it continues to grow leaves and stems, and in the right conditions, it begins to form flower buds. The plant then blooms, producing the characteristic colorful flowers which may attract pollinators, though Calibrachoa is typically propagated through cuttings rather than seeds. After the flowering phase, if seeds are produced they'll mature within the spent blooms, and once the plant has completed its blooming cycle, the plant will generally begin to decline unless pruned and cared for to encourage further vegetative growth and additional blooming cycles. Over time, and usually within a single growing season, the plant will eventually reach the end of its life cycle and die, although it can be perennial in warmer climates or if brought indoors in colder regions.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: The most popular method of propagating Calibrachoa Chameleon Blueberry Scone, commonly known as Million Bells, is through softwood cuttings. To propagate, choose a healthy stem and make a cut just below a leaf node using a sharp, sterilized knife or scissors. The cutting should be about 4 to 6 inches long. Remove the leaves from the lower half of the cutting and dip the cut end into a rooting hormone to encourage root development. The cutting can then be planted in a well-draining soil mix, ensuring the leaf nodes are buried where the roots will develop. Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged and maintain a warm environment to facilitate rooting, which typically takes a few weeks. Once the cutting has established roots, it can be transplanted to a larger pot or the desired location in the garden.