Uvularia grandiflora

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: part-shade, shade

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: rich, average

Height: 1'-2'

Bloom Time: April, May

Bloom Color: yellow

Leaf Color: green, lime-green

Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts bees, clumping, cut flowers, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, shade garden plant, woodland plant

Uvularia grandiflora (big merrybells)
  • Uvularia grandiflora (big merrybells)
  • Uvularia grandiflora (big merrybells)
  • Uvularia grandiflora (big merrybells)
  • Uvularia grandiflora (big merrybells)

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Description

Uvularia grandiflora

Also known as:

largeflower bellwort

,

big merrybells

,

large flower bellwort

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Uvularia grandiflora is a delightful species with light-green leaves that are in stark contrast to the typically dark green of most shade plants. Both the leaves and the flowers are twisted and drooping, giving them a wilted appearance though healthy. The plants can grow up to 2' tall. The pendulous flowers are somewhat bell-shaped, bright yellow, and up to 1 1/2" long.

Cultivation

Largeflower bellwort is an attractive plant that will brighten woodland and shade gardens. It has a clumping habit and looks best naturalized or planted in groups. It prefers dappled light in part-shade, with rich, well-drained moist soil. Established plants are tolerant of dry spells, and seldom require supplemental watering. It is well-behaved, easy to grow, and low maintenance. It blooms in mid-spring: April, May. Zones 3-7

Propagation

Established clumps may be divided in early spring or fall. This plant will self-seed. Collected seeds should not be allowed to dry out, and should be sown immediately after ripening in late summer.

Additional Notes

Ideal for shaded borders. Young growth might be susceptible to slugs. Vulnerable to deer browse, particularly where they are overpopulated.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NH, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: CT, NH

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Liliidae
Order Liliales
Family Liliaceae Lily family
Genus Uvularia bellwort
Species Uvularia grandiflora largeflower bellwort