Largeflower Bellwort – Uvularia Grandiflora: Not-so Edible & Medicinal Uses of the Fairy Bells of Wild Plants

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Largeflower bellwort (uvularia grandiflora) has limited human uses, perhaps the most so of any plant I’ve covered so far. But this is a wonderful plant for spring pollinators, I had to bump it up the list.

Large-flowered or largeflower bellwort (uvularia grandiflora) is common in deciduous woods on rich leafy hummus. I see it along trail sides in deciduous woods, and more and more the deeper into the woods I go. It’s easily to confuse with solomon’s plume AKA false solomon’s seal and related lookalikes before flowering. Large-flowered bellwort is related to crocuses, which are native to the other side of the word; I’d love to see this native takeover the spring crocus trend here!

Largeflower Bellwort – Uvularia Grandiflora

Medicinal Uses of Largeflower Bellwort

Largeflower bellwort is primarily said to support these body systems:

  • Integumentary
  • Muscular

Medicinal tags include Analgesic. See Medicinal tag key for more information.

Common usage includes the root in a poultice for soreness, boils, swellings, etc.

Largeflower Bellwort – Uvularia Grandiflora
Largeflower Bellwort – Uvularia Grandiflora
Largeflower Bellwort – Uvularia Grandiflora
Largeflower Bellwort – Uvularia Grandiflora

Growing Uvularia Grandiflora

Merrybells are an easy to grow native perennial wildflower. Like many wild flowers, ants plant the seeds. And many types of bees will nectar on it and collect its pollen. I love taking pictures of bumblebee bottoms sticking out of the bell-like flowers in the springtime.

They like shade to partial shade and rich, moist and well drained soils. A little dryness is tolerable.

You can divide clumps in spring or fall, or sow the ripe seeds late summer.

They pair well with Christmas fern, Dutchman’s breeches (dicentra cucullaria) and squirrel corn, Mayapple (podophyllum peltatum), and Virginia bluebells (mertensia virginica). If you love its “droopy” look, ninebark is a shrub to look into too! I sometimes describe plants like fleabane as “shabby chic”, and bellwort has that sort of twist to it, but it blooms earlier.

This is one of the many wild plants that will seriously decline where deer are overpopulated. If you’re in downtown Halliburton you may wants some protection around them!


And the Usual Cautions:

1) Most medicinal herbs, if edible, are meant to be eaten in moderation, even sparingly. Some require extra preparation. Tannins are toxic if consumed in excess.

2) People can be allergic or sensitive to nearly any plant; try new herbs one at a time at your own risk. For instance, saponins commonly cause stomach upset.

3) For medicinal use, I must recommend receiving a diagnosis and working with a reputed health care provider. I generally do not post specific treatments and dosages because I think that is best between you and your health care provider, and ideally monitored.

4) Anyone pregnant, nursing, or taking prescription drugs should talk to a health care professional before adding new food items to their diet.

5) Many plants have look-a-likes, and sometimes they are poisonous.

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