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Uvularia perfoliata

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: dry, moist, wet

Soil Description: acid, neutral, alkaline, rich, loam, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 10"-18"

Bloom Time: April, May, June

Bloom Color: yellow

Leaf Color: green

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

Additional Tags: colonizing, creeping, edible, medicinal, naturalizing, rock garden plant, shade garden plant, wetland plant, woodland plant

Uvularia perfoliata (perfoliate bellwort)
  • Uvularia perfoliata (perfoliate bellwort)
  • Uvularia perfoliata (perfoliate bellwort)

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Description

Uvularia perfoliata

Also known as:

perfoliate bellwort

,

merry bells

,

merrybells

,

mealy bellwort

,

bellwort

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Growing up to 18" tall, Uvularia perfoliata gets its name from the peculiar shape of its leaves, that seem to be perforated by the plant's stems. The small, 1" yellow flowers are bell-shaped and nodding, often appearing to be resting on the terminal leaves. The plant is open, delicate, and will sway in the slightest breeze.

Cultivation

Perfoliate bellwort is easy to grow in a wide range of environmental conditions. It is adapted to the rocky, dry conditions found in deciduous mesic forests, as well as the wetter conditions found in coastal lowlands. Moist, well drained soil is best. The soil PH can range from acidic to alkaline. It thrives in filtered, dappled light, yet is tolerant of more direct sun, as well as deeper shade. It can form large colonies, and spreads via fleshy, underground stolons. A very cold hardy species. Zones 4-8

Propagation

Propagate by division or root cuttings in early spring, before plants have begun to bloom, or late summer when plants have gone dormant. Collected seeds should be sown immediately, before they dry out.

Additional Notes

The leaves and roots of the perfoliate bellwort are edible. Young shoots are said to be reminiscent of asparagus The roots have been known to have medicinal properties, and have been ground into a poultice, or steeped, and used to treat wounds, sores, and inflammations.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: IN, 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 perfoliata perfoliate bellwort