Bellwort, PerfoliateBellwort, Perfoliate (Uvularia perfoliata) - Also called: Merry Bells
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Bellwort, Perfoliate (Uvularia perfoliata)
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(Bellwort, Perfoliate - Uvularia perfoliata - 01) "Perfoliate" refers to the way the stems seem to pierce the leaves. Perfoliate bellwort grow in moist wooded areas, and grow to heights of between 6 and 18 inches. 
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(Bellwort, Perfoliate - Uvularia perfoliata - 01a) In this close up view, we have a much better look at how the stem appears to penetrate the leaf. 
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(Bellwort, Perfoliate - Uvularia perfoliata - 02) Perfeliate bellwort in a native of the Eastern United States, and is a member of the Lily (Liliaceae) family. The pale yellow flower is 1 inch long, and blooms from May to June. 
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(Bellwort, Perfoliate - Uvularia perfoliata - 02a) In this enlarged view of the 1 inch long flower, we can faintly see the yellowish bumps on the petals. Yellow on yellow is hard to see. Orangish or yellow bumps are a good identifying mark for perfoliate bellwort. 
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(Bellwort, Perfoliate - Uvularia perfoliata - 03) This is another look at a perfoliate bellwort. The name "Wort" is a name formerly given to plants used for food or medicine. Each pale yellow flower has three petals and three sepals. 
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(Bellwort, Perfoliate - Uvularia perfoliata - 03a) This is another close up view of a perfoliate bellwort. 
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(Bellwort, Perfoliate - Uvularia perfoliata - 04) This is a cluster of perfoliate bellworts, or merry bells, as they are also called, because of the way they bounce around in in breeze. They are one of God's blessings in our spring forests. Perfoliate bellwort multiply by long, fleshy, white underground stolons and form colonies with delicate stems. 

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