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Large-flowered Bellwort Flowering

Large-flowered Bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora), a member of the lily family, strikes one as a rather modest plant, hiding its six-parted flowers by hanging them face down towards the ground. This arrangement influenced Linnaeus when he was assigning this plant the generic name Uvularia, as he felt the pendant blossoms resembled a uvula, that lobe that hangs from the upper palate at the back of our throats!

Many insects are attracted to this plant’s pollen and nectar, particularly bumble bees and other types of bees.  Ants distribute Large-flowered Bellwort seeds, attracted by the fatty elaiosomes attached to the them. And White-tailed Deer graze so heavily on this plant that you won’t find it in woods that are overpopulated with deer.

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2 responses

  1. So pretty! Not sure if I have ever seen this flower – perhaps because of all the deer. The way the bloom hangs reminds me of Solomon’s seal.

    April 30, 2021 at 9:41 am

  2. Alice

    I was thinking of Soloman’s seal, as well!, which are coming up! Such a gorgeous color in the woods. You must have gotten wet knees & maybe a damp belly with that photo, Mary.

    April 30, 2021 at 12:19 pm

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