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
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
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Uvularia perfoliataAlso known as:
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.
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
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.
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
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
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