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Uvularia perfoliata

Perfoliate Bellwort, Mealy Bellwort, Merrybells

Scientific Name:

Uvularia perfoliata

Genus:

Uvularia

Species Epithet:

perfoliata

Common Name:

Perfoliate Bellwort, Mealy Bellwort, Merrybells

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Colchicaceae (Meadow Saffron Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Moist to fairly dry hardwood forests. Common in NC Mountains and Piedmont, uncommon in Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Not Assigned

Landscape Value:

Not Assigned

In bloom

Perfoliate Bellflower has leaves that seem to have a stem going right through them ('perfoliate').

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Paynter, Ashe Co, May, 2011

Flower

The flowers are pollinated by bumblebees.

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Flower close-up

The flowers have raised yellow to orange dots that are characteristic of this species.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Flora of North America
GoBotany


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