Uvularia (bellwort) just coming into bloom
Uvularia grandiflora flowering in my garden.
Second shot of Uvularia grandiflora in my garden.
The leaves entirely enclose the stems and have a zigzag pattern which I find fascinating. They look as if they are sewn together or strung like a necklace. I thought this might be U. perfoliata, but according to my references it seems to be U. grandiflora. I will move the images if other information changes my mind.
The interesting foliage will stay fresh all summer if watered, but otherwise goes dormant with the usual droughts of July and August here in Missouri.
The bell shaped seed pod may have helped in determining the common name.
Blooming late April, zone 5a, UW-Madison campus
A look at the underside of the flower
Already blooming before the leaves filled out
Early spring, before it shows its flowers it have this lovely bluish leaf color.
4-2012 *Barsons Greenhouse, Westland, MI