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Uvularia grandiflora (Bellwort)

Bellwort, Cornflower, Large-Flowered Bellwort, Merry Bells, Throat Root, Wood Daffodil, Great Merrybells


Uvularia grandiflora (Bellwort) is an upright, clump-forming perennial boasting arching stems clothed with bright green, lanceolate leaves and clusters of nodding, narrowly bell-shaped pale yellow flowers, 1.5 in. long (4 cm). Blooming in mid to late spring, the flowers are twisted in bud and slightly so in flower. They give way to a three-lobed fruit which rests on the leaves through the summer. Uvularia grandiflora spreads by rhizomes, thriving in moist, shady areas. A graceful and subtle woodland plant. Plant in mass under trees or along wood margins.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for its outstanding merits.
  • Grows up to 18-24 in. tall (45-60 cm) and 12-18 in. wide (30-45 cm).
  • Thrives in part shade or full shade in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soils. Tolerates drought and dry soils.
  • Great candidate for borders, cottage gardens, woodland gardens, naturalized areas.
  • Propagate by seed in pots in a cold frame as soon as seed is ripe. Propagate by division in early spring.
  • Native to eastern and central North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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