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Uvularia grandiflora

Large merrybells

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Yellow

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

photo by bbc.co.uk/gardening

Plant details

This is an unusual woodland plant with lots of character. In late spring, the upright stems hook over at the end, and from these appear clusters of long, narrow, yellow buds, which open out into narrow, rather lily-like flowers. The plants are superb under trees or among shrubs or in a woodland garden, where they associate with other choice woodland plants such as epimedium and erythronium, or in shaded, humus-rich borders with hardy ferns and Solomon's seal. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Convallariaceae

Genus: Uvularia

Species: grandiflora

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 75cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

Flowering period: May to June


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