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Uvularia perfoliata - L.

Common Name Bellwort, Perfoliate bellwort
Family Uvulariaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Moist woodland and scrub in acid to circumneutral soils from sea level to 1000 metres[43, 187, 270].
Range Eastern N. America - Quebec to Ontario, south to Florida and Mississippi.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade
Uvularia perfoliata Bellwort, Perfoliate bellwort


Nelson DeBarros @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Uvularia perfoliata Bellwort, Perfoliate bellwort
R.A. Howard @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Uvularia perfoliata is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.4 m (1ft 4in) by 0.3 m (1ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4. It is in flower from May to June. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) or semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Root
Edible Uses:

Young shoots - cooked[55, 105, 161]. They are a very good substitute for asparagus[2]. Root - cooked[2, 105, 161].

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Medicinal Uses

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Miscellany  Ophthalmic  Salve

The root is used as a poultice or salve in the treatment of boils, wounds and ulcers[207]. A tea made from the roots is used in the treatment of coughs, sore mouths and throats, inflamed gums and snakebites[222, 257]. It is suitable for use by children[257]. An infusion of the crushed roots has been used as a wash to treat sore eyes[257].

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Other Uses

Miscellany

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Requires a cool moist shady position and a light sandy soil[1, 42, 111]. Likes plenty of humus in the soil[111]. Grows well in a woodland garden and in the rock garden[200]. Plants grow much taller in rich soils and then succeed in the herbaceous border[222]. A very hardy plant, tolerating temperatures down to about -20°c[187].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe in the summer[200]. Sow stored seed in late winter in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division after the plants die down in late summer. It is best carried out in early spring before the plants flower[188]. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is best to pot up smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame until they are growing away well. Plant them out in the following spring.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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