Large-flowered bellwort or 'Big Merry Bells' The most widely used of the species Uvularia grandiflora also known as the "Large-flowered bellwort" or "Big Merry Bells", is a joy in the spring the garden.
Wonderful bright yellow bell shaped flowers on tall stems reaching 24" open sequentially, they hang gracefully above the bright green foliage. Although these are a woodland plant, you could bring a little spring color to even a small balcony with a pot full of these golden wonders.
You will notice that thefoliage has the interested perpetually 'wilted look', this is the natural twisted nature of the plant. In mature clumps you will also see that some of the older stems do not flower. What happens is that the stems are divided, one sterile the other flowering, again this natural. However with up to 4 flowers on a stem, and the fascinating foliage, this is not a problem.
Growing from rhizomes, the root system is very shallow, so plant them where they will not be disturbed.
- Uvularia grandiflora var. pallida - Very pale yellow flowers with twisted petals. Unusual, however the contrast of the pale flowers against the foliage is attractive.
Other Uvularia species include
- Uvularia sessilifolia.
- Uvularia perfoliata.
Both of these are smaller growing than Uvularia grandiflora but look great in a rock garden
Growing Uvularia grandiflora from seeds
We find Uvularia grandiflora a difficult plant from seed. So unless you are enthusiastic we suggest looking for rhizomes for sale.
Method for growing from seed.
- Seeds need to be planted fresh, and require warmth and moisture. They then need a cold winter period.
- You could mimic nature using a plastic bag.
- Seeds are placed fresh in the bag for a around 2 months.
- Keep them in a warm position.
- Then transfer the bag to the refrigerator (NOT THE FREEZER) until spring.
- In spring, after the frosts have gone. Plant them out.
- Or plant them out earlier into a cold frame.
Where to buy
You can buy Uvularia rhizomes online from the following nurseries
DIGGING DOG NURSERY - phone (707) 937-1130
PO Box 471 Albion CA 95410
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