Department of Underused Plants: Merrybells

The Merrybells (Uvularia grandiflora) are blooming. This is one of my favorite spring flowers (native to the midwest) but one I don’t see very often. Like everything else this spring, it’s blooming early. So early that it seems to have rushed into bloom before reaching it’s normal height of about 18″.

What makes this a great plant is, first, the flowers. They are long, slender, yellow bells that dangle from the end of nodding stems.

Second, the perfoliate foliage is attractive through the summer and makes a good groundcover. Merrybells spread gradually and eventually the foliage gets nice and thick.

Merrybells prefer part to full shade and moist to mesic soil.

It’s not easy to find, but you can order from Prairie Nursery in Wisconsin and Prairie Moon in Minnesota.

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