Plant Details

Uvularia puberula

Mountain Bellwort, Appalachian Bellwort, Coastal Bellwort, Carolina Bellwort

Scientific Name:

Uvularia puberula

Common Name:

Mountain Bellwort, Appalachian Bellwort, Coastal Bellwort, Carolina Bellwort

Plant Family

Colchicaceae (Meadow Saffron Family)


NC Native



Bloom Color(s):

Pale yellow

Size in Feet:

4 - 16 in



Soil Moisture:

xeric to mesic(*)

Bloom Time:

early April - early May

Bloom Area:

common for Coast and Mountains, uncommon in Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Dry to moist upland, acidic forests, up to at least 1500m. Common in NC Mountains and Coastal Plain, uncommon in the Piedmont and Sandhills.

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 (*)


Sometimes this species is split into 2 varieties: var. puberula, the montane & piedmont type: "leaves broader, rounded to slightly clasping at the base, firm in texture, obviously reticulate on the lower surface, the stem puberulent in lines on the ridges" and var. nitida, found in the sandhills and coastal plain: "leaves narrower, more cuneate, thin in texture, the reticulation of cross veins less evident, the stems glabrous" (per Weakley 2015).

In bloom


Paynter, Ashe Co, May 2011

Flower close up





USDA PLANTS Database Record

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Flora of North America

Bird-Friendly Native Plants

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