Large-Flowered Bellwort

Large-Flowered Bellwort ~ Uvularia grandiflora

Also known as Merrybells, bellworts are cheerful if slightly odd flowers of the spring woods, blooming along with trillium, jack-in-the-pulpit, and yellow lady’s slippers. With their droopy leaves and dangling blossoms of spiraling tepals, the plants tend to have a limp appearance. The scientific name of the genus, Uvularia, is derived from the comparison between the way the blossoms dangle and the uvula at the back of one’s throat.

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