Uvularia grandiflora Largeflower Bellwort Plants
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|Habitat||Bloom Period||Color||Height Inches||Moisture||Plant Spacing||Lifespan|
|Shade to part sun||April, June||Yellow||12 to 16||Average||12 to 18 Inches||Perennial|
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Uvularia = From uvula, the soft palate (the pink dangly thing
in the back of the throat.)
Apparently the flowers bear resemblance to this according to the Doctrine of Signatures
grandiflora = With large flowers
Uvularia grandiflora, Largeflower Bellwort is a showy woodland wildflower for the spring and early summer shade garden. Plant Uvularia grandifloria Bellwort plants in average to rich soil in part sun to shade in a formal flower garden, wildflower garden or along a shady walkway. This showy wildflower adapts easily to the flower garden. Bellwort is an attractive woodland wildflower for the shade garden and can be grown over most of the United States
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The map below shows areas where native Uvularia grandiflora, Largeflower Bellwort wildflower plants grow wild, it can be grown over most of the US. Plant in USDA plant hardiness zones 2 to 9.
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Largeflower Bellwort plant distribution map
complements of USDA, NRCS. 2001. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.1
(http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 4-9, Height: 12 to 24 inches, Spread: 12 to 18 inches, Bloom Time: April - May, Bloom Color: Yellow, Sun: Part shade to full shade, Water: Medium, Maintenance: Low
erect, perennial, 8"-20" tall forb; stems forking above the middle
Flower: yellow, 6-parted, 1"-2" long, elongated shape, twisted, nodding; blooms April-May
Fruit: 3-lobed capsule with 2 beaks on each lobe
Leaf: oval to oblong, blade completely surrounds the stem
Habitat: dry; woods, forests; in rich soil
Light Requirement: Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Humus-rich soils.
Conditions Comments: Bellwort works well in naturalized woodland plantings as well as shady, designed beds. Seeds should be sown immediately upon ripening and should not be allowed to dry out before sowing. Mature clumps may be divided in spring or fall.
Seed Collection: Seeds ripen in late summer.
Uvularia: Latin for small conical body in the center of the human palate (little tongue), referring to the way the flower hangs from its stalk
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade. Prefers a moist, humusy soil and part shade.
This Missouri native wildflower is a clump-forming, erect plant that grows to 2' tall and features 1.5" long, pendulous, somewhat bell-shaped, yellow flowers with six, partially twisted tepals (petal and sepal look-alikes) and lance-shaped, perfoliate (leaf base encircles the stem), partially twisted, bright green leaves. Plant has overall droopy appearance. Occurs in the wild typically in rich woodlands, on wooded slopes and in alluvial valleys.
No serious insect or disease problems. Young growth susceptible to slugs.
An excellent native shade plant for the woodland garden, shaded border front, wildflower garden or naturalized area. Mass plantings under shade trees or along wood margins can be effective.
Rich deciduous woods often on hillsides, ranging from upland beech-maple and
hemlock hardwoods to low floodplain woods and streamside thickets. Slender
perennial up to 3/4 meter tall, stem zigzag and leafy above. Propagation Goal:
Plants Propagation Method: Seed Product Type: Container (plug) Propagule
Collection: Seed is collected by hand from locally native plants within the
eastern central Upper Peninsula. Flowers April and May. Seed is a triangular
fruit and is harvested in June. Propagule Processing: Dry for 1-2 weeks in open
paper bags or open Rubbermaid-style bins. Seeds are not cleaned. Once seeds have
dried, store in sealed Ziploc-style bags until sowing time. Cold store until
planted (up to 3 years).
Pre-Planting Treatments: Grows best when the seeds are dispersed in the fall
months in containers buried in the soil outside, which is the same as moist cold
stratification of 3-6 months. Growing Area Preparation/
Annual Practices for Perennial Crops:
Propagation Environment: In the ground in containers buried in the dirt. Container Type: grows best in any container that can be easily buried in the soil (6" deep by 4" wide). Sowing Media: Scotts Redi-earth Plug and Seedling Mix. Contains vermiculite, and sphagnum peat moss. Soil is sterile.
Thoroughly moisten the soil with water,
mixing in the water with a trowel. Cover the holes in the bottom/sides of the
plug tray cells with newspaper so that the soil does not fall out. Fill cells
with damp soil and press soil down with a spoon. Refill the cell plugs with soil
to the top, this time not pressing it down. Water the soil in the plug cells
again. Sow the seeds by hand at a rate of about 1 seed in each small cell and 2
seeds in each cell with a diameter greater than 2.5". Cover the seeds with
a thin layer of soil or gently press the seeds into the dirt. Plant containers
outside in the fall in order to allow it to go through its natural
stratification process. Planting in containers allows better tracking of where
the seeds are in the ground.
Establishment Phase: The seeds are in their natural environment outside for each phase. Nothing is regulated. Active Growth Phase: No fertilizers are used. Hardening Phase: None. Harvesting, Storage and Shipping: In the Upper Peninsula, flats that are not planted from late May to early October. Flats that are not planted in the summer remain in the greenhouse for another season. Other Comments: Grows well in woodland gardens and borders. Ants disperse seeds. Germination rate poor and slow. Vegetation (leaves) ornamental and unusual
Drug (Dermatological Aid)
Plant used for swellings.
Ojibwa Drug (Analgesic)
Root used for stomach pain, perhaps pleurisy.
Ojibwa Drug (Gastrointestinal Aid)
Root used for stomach pain, perhaps pleurisy.
Ojibwa Drug (Pulmonary Aid)
Root used for "pain in the solar plexus, which may mean pleurisy."
Potawatomi Drug (Analgesic)
Infusion of root used for backache or with lard as a salve for sore muscles.
Potawatomi Drug (Orthopedic Aid)
Infusion of root mixed with lard and used as salve to massage sore muscles and tendons.
Potawatomi Drug (Orthopedic Aid)
Infusion of root used for backaches.