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Uvularia sessilifolia

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: dry, moist, wet

Soil Description: acid, neutral, alkaline, rich, loam, sand

Height: 4"-12"

Bloom Time: April, May, June

Bloom Color: yellow

Leaf Color: green

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

Additional Tags: clumping, colonizing, medicinal, naturalizing, rock garden plant, shade garden plant, stream margin plant, wetland plant, woodland plant

Uvularia sessilifolia (sessileleaf bellwort)
  • Uvularia sessilifolia (sessileleaf bellwort)
  • Uvularia sessilifolia (sessileleaf bellwort)
  • Uvularia sessilifolia (sessileleaf bellwort)

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Description

Uvularia sessilifolia

Also known as:

sessileleaf bellwort

,

spreading bellwort

,

straw lily

,

wild oats

,

merrybells

,

sessile-leaf bellwort

Scientific Synonyms:

Oakesiella sessilifolia

Description

Uvularia sessilifolia is a delicate woodland species that rarely grows taller than 12". The leaves are sparse and stemless. The plant is branched, with each branch producing a single, terminal, bell-shaped pale yellow flower. As with other flowers of the genus, they hang downward and are reminiscent of the uvula.

Cultivation

Sessileleaf bellwort is diminutive woodland species, well adapted to dyr, mesic conditions, as well as wetter conditions found in coastal lowlands. It is not particular about soil, but prefers it to be rich, moist and well-drained. Filtered light is best. It can spread by seed and underground stolons, to form colonies, but its delicate nature makes it ideal for mixed plantings. Best massed in groups. A very cold hardy species. Zones 3-8

Propagation

May be propagated by clump division and root cuttings, in early spring, or late summer when the plant goes dormant. Collected seeds should be sown immediately before they dry out.

Additional Notes

Both leaves and roots are edible. Young shoots are said to have a flavor reminiscent of asparagus. Tea made from the roots has been used to treat diarrhea and other ailments.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

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

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 sessilifolia sessileleaf bellwort