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Uvularia grandiflora AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

bellwort

Family

Colchicaceae


Uvularia are rhizomatous herbaceous perennials with arching stems bearing alternate, ovate leaves and nodding, narrowly bell-shaped yellow flowers

U. grandiflora is a perennial to 75cm in height, with arching stems bearing bright green, lanceolate leaves and terminal clusters of nodding, narrowly bell-shaped yellow flowers with narrow, twisted tepals

Other common names

  • cornflower
  • large-flowered bellwort
  • merry bells
  • throat root
  • wood daffodil

Synonym(s)

  • Uvularia grandiflora Wisley Strain

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in deep or partial shade

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Sand, Loam or Chalk

Propagation

Propagate by seed in pots in a cold frame as soon as seed is ripe. Propagate by division in early spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Flower borders and beds or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Slugs and snails may be a problem

Diseases

Generally disease free