With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, I thought Bells-of-Ireland, Moluccella laevis, would make for a great flower of the week. These unique green, bell-like calyxes are densely packed along the tall stems. Tiny white flowers with a gentle fragrance bloom within each of the green "bells" of the flower. The flower originates from Turkey and Syria, not Ireland, and belongs to the mint family. The link to Ireland comes from the color and its symbol of good luck.
[picture via jurek d]
Here are two flower arrangements we made using Bells of Ireland: