Great Merrybells is a spectacular mid-spring flowering plant. The lemon yellow bells seem to fall in a cascade. The leaves appear to droop, giving the plant an unusual and interesting appearance. The leaves are light green in color so they are a nice contrast to other spring plants.
Great Merrybells flowers about the same time as trillium. You may find the two plants together in the wild. I have found that most people are not familiar with the Uvularias, but once they are introduced people develop a fondness for them. is produced from rhizomes and spreads fairly slowly. After three years or so the plant puts on quite a nice show. The leaves stay green and neat looking throughout the summer. Great Merrybells grows to about 1 - 2 feet tall.
Great merry Bells, Uvularia grandiflora, has lemon yellow flowers and grows a little taller than either Sessile Bellwort or Perfoliate Bellwort. Great Merrybells seem to be a little slower growing but I particularly like the darker yellow flowers.
All three of these bellworts have a very interesting triangular shaped fruit. The seeds should be sown as soon as they are ripe and should germinate after two cold periods.
Great Merrybells like it shady, the soil should be rich in humus and slightly moist not wet. Companion plants for Great Merrybells are trilliums, Christmas fern and Jack-in-the-pulpit.
Uvularia grandiflora- Great Merrybells
-A very interesting plant
-Grows well in full shade
-Early spring blooming
-Height: 1 to 2 feet tall
-Zone: 3 to 8