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Plant Details

Uvularia perfoliata

Perfoliate Bellwort, Mealy Bellwort, Merrybells

Scientific Name:

Uvularia perfoliata

Common Name:

Perfoliate Bellwort, Mealy Bellwort, Merrybells

Plant Family

Colchicaceae (Meadow Saffron Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Herb/Wildflower

Bloom Color(s):

straw yellow

Size in Feet:

.5 - 1.25

Light:

part-shade, shade

Soil Moisture:

sub-xeric to mesic(*)

Bloom Time:

April - early May

Bloom Area:

common in Piedmont and Mountains, uncommon on Coast

Habitat Description:

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

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

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
Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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