- Merry Bells - Uvularia Grandiflora Hardy Planting Zones - 4-9 Sun or Shade - Full Sun Mature Height - 12-18" Mature Width - 12-18" Bloom Season - Spring (April to June) Gardener Status - Intermediate
Bellwort Plant - Uvularia grandiflora
Bellwort plant can be an excellent addition to a yard, given its yellow flowers and delicate appearance. It grows well in USDA zones three through seven, and it prefers partial sun to full shade. As a wildflower, it's commonly found throughout the eastern regions of the US. Some know it by the nickname the "wild oat" or "merry bells." It can be planted in large groupings or individually among other types of small plants to add a variety of a garden. It will thrive in dry to medium levels of moisture and can do well in different kinds of soils, including sand, loam, and clay soils. When first planted, they should be approximately one foot across to accommodate future growth. The stems and leaves of the bellwort have a dark green color. The long, dropping yellow flowers typically bloom in May and June. They hang in a bell shape, giving the plant its name. The plant reaches a height of no more than two feet, and it can spread out up to 18 inches across. When a population of bellwort plants is well established, they can be divided if one wishes to plant some in other areas of a yard. In the late winter to early spring, a gardener can dig up a plant and then divide it in half. Since the bellwort naturally multiplies, it will only take a few seasons to revive itself. In the winter, mulch can be used as protection against the cold. The cold weather will also bring about a slow down in growth when the foliage dies back. In the spring with the change in weather, the plant will regrow. New plants are shipped to customers as bare roots in the spring and summer to allow for enough growth before the winter season.