|Large-flowered Bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)|
The Large-flowered Bellwort is a 10 to 20 inch tall native perennial. It can be found growing in cool deciduous woods throughout eastern North America, ranging from Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec in the north to as far south as northern Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. (There is one small population located in southern Louisiana - probably the result of seeds brought down the Mississippi River.) From West to East it ranges from far eastern North and South Dakota, Kansas, and Oklahoma to the Appalachians - the plant is largely absent from the Atlantic Coastal Plain.
|Large-flowered Bellwort in Northern Michigan with Large-flowered Trillium, Dutchman's Breeches, and Spring Beauty|
The Large-flowered Bellwort looks like a plant in serious need of a drink. With the exception of its upright stalks, everything about the plant appears to be drooping. Both the pale green leaves and pale yellow flowers hang downward and often appear crinkled or twisted.
|Large-flowered Bellwort - note the twisted, downward hanging leaves and flowers|
The flower is 1 to 2 inches long. The plant blooms between April and June. Typical appearance in Mid-Michigan is late-April to early-May, coinciding with the blooms of Large-flowered Trillium. The flowers are pollinated by native bees (including bumblebees) and other insects.
|Large-flowered Bellwort closeup|