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Uvularia puberula

Mountain Bellwort, Appalachian Bellwort, Coastal Bellwort, Carolina Bellwort

Scientific Name:

Uvularia puberula

Genus:

Uvularia

Species Epithet:

puberula

Common Name:

Mountain Bellwort, Appalachian Bellwort, Coastal Bellwort, Carolina Bellwort

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, Green

Light:

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

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

March, April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

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.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

Notes:

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

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Paynter, Ashe Co, May 2011

Flower close up

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Leaves

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Flora of North America


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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