How to Grow Uvularia — Merrybells

Merrybells, botanical name Uvularia

Uvularia–commonly called merrybells–is a spring-blooming wildflower native to eastern North America that is sometimes grown in woodland and shade gardens.

Uvularia is a rhizomatous perennial with pendent, bell-shaped flowers consisting of six tepals. The flowers bloom atop erect branched or unbranched stems with lance-shaped leaves.

Uvularia grows best in partial to full shade with rich, moist, well-drained soil. Uvularia spreads slowly via rhizomes. It can go years without need division or replanting.

Uvularia is a genus of 5 species of rhizomatous perennials native to woodlands in eastern North Ameria.

Get to Know Uvularia

  • Plant type: Rhizomatous perennial
  • Growing zones and range: Zone 3-7
  • Hardiness: Hardy to Zone 3
  • Height and width: 30 inches (75cm) tall and 12 inches (30cm) wide
  • Foliage: Ovate-lance-shaped, downward pointing mid-green leaves
  • Flowers: Solitary or paired, pendent, tubular bell-shaped sometimes green-tinted yellow flowers
  • Bloom time: MId- and late spring
  • Uses: Shady border, woodland garden
  • Common name: Merrybells, bellworts
  • Botanical name: Uvularia
  • Family name: Lilaceae
  • Origin: Woodlands eastern North America

Where to Plant Uvularia

  • Grow Uvularia in deep or partial shade.
  • Plant Uvularia in humus-rich, well-drained soil.

When to Plant Uvularia

  • Set container-grown Uvularia in the garden in spring or autumn.

Planting and Spacing Uvularia

  • Space Uvularia 12 inches (30cm) apart

How to Water and Feed Uvularia

  • Keep the soil evenly moist for best growth. Water during dry weather.
  • Fertilize Uvularia with an all-purpose fertilizer in spring.

Uvularia Care

  • Mulch Uvularia with compost or chopped leaves in spring.
  • Uvularia spreads by rhizomes to form new clumps; it can go for years without needing to be divided.

Uvularia Pests and Diseases

  • Uvularia can be bothered and snails and slugs.
  • Rust and leaf spot can occur,

Uvularia Propagation

  • Sow Uvularia seeds in contianres in a cold frame as soon as ripe.
  • Divide Uvularia in spring.

Uvularia Varieties to Grow

  • Uvularia grandiflora, large merrybells. Rhizomatous perennial with lance-shaped downward pointing mid-green leaves; solitary or paired, pendent, tubular bell-shaped yellow flowers to 2 inches long; grows to 30 inches tall and 12 inches wide.
  • U. perfoliata, perfoliate bellflower. Grows 12 to 24 inches tall; bears pale yellow flowers in spring.

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