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Uvularia grandiflora (Largeflower bellwort)
Cressler, Alan

Uvularia grandiflora

Uvularia grandiflora Sm.

Largeflower Bellwort, Large-flower Bellwort, Merrybells

Liliaceae (Lily Family)


USDA Symbol: uvgr

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

In bloom, large-flower bellwort’s stems are less than one foot tall, but later the forking stem lengthens. The bell-shaped, pale-yellow flowers are nodding and the perianth parts are often twisted. This clump-forming perennial’s leaves are drooping and lily-like and are paler green than those of most woodland plants.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 30 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun


USA: AL , AR , CT , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , ND , NH , NY , OH , OK , PA , SC , SD , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: MB , ON , QC
Native Distribution: Que. & VT to MN, s. to GA & OK
Native Habitat: Rich, deciduous woods; thickets; floodplain woods

Growing Conditions

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.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes


Description: 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.
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Delaware Nature Society - Hockessin, DE
Longwood Gardens - Kennett Square, PA
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE


Bibref 928 - 100 easy-to-grow native plants for Canadian gardens (2005) Johnson, L.; A. Leyerle

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Uvularia grandiflora in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Uvularia grandiflora in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Uvularia grandiflora


Record Modified: 2023-03-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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