You might mistake Nolana for a morning glory at first glance, but this flowering plant is actually a separate species, sometimes referred to as the Chilean bellflower. With blue or violet blooms and a tendency to creep, this plant makes a great groundcover plant or a flowering spiller in a container. It’s an annual in cool-weather climates and a perennial in warmer areas (hardiness zones 10 and 11).
It’s interesting to note that this plant is actually a member of the nightshade family. You might know nightshades by their edible types, like tomatoes, potatoes, and peppers. This type of nightshade, however, gains its fame for its beautiful blooms all summer long.
Botanical Name – Nolana
Common Name – Chilean bellflower
Plant Type – Annual or perennial
Mature Size – 6 to 12 inches tall and wide
Sun Exposure – Full to part sun
Soil Type – Well-drained
Soil pH – Slightly acidic
Bloom Time – Summer
Flower Color – Blue, blue-violet, pink
Hardiness Zones – 10, 11
Native Area – Chile and Peru