Uvularia sessilifolia

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Sessile bellwort
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Liliales
Family: Colchicaceae
Genus: Uvularia
Species: U. sessilifolia
Binomial name
Uvularia sessilifolia
  • Oakesia sessilifolia (L.) S.Watson
  • Oakesiella sessilifolia (L.) Small

Uvularia sessilifolia, the sessile bellwort, sessileleaf bellwort, little merrybells[2] or wild oats, is a species of bellwort native to eastern and central North America. It grows in woodlands with wet or dry soils.

The strap-like leaves are sessile on the stem. The flowers are yellow, narrowly bell-shaped, and creamy yellow, blooming in spring. The leaves have no hairs on the margin and are somewhat narrow, distinguishing this plant from the similar Streptopus. They spread asexually by means of long under ground stolons with most plants in a clonal colony not flowering.[3] Flowering plants often do not set seed, but when plants form seeds they are in three angled fruits.

The native range extends from the Atlantic Ocean from Florida to Nova Scotia, west to Texas, The Dakotas and Manitoba .[1][4][5]

Uvularia sessilifolia 'Blizzard' is a cultivated form with misty variegated foliage.[6]


  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Uvularia sessilifolia
  2. ^ Clarence Birdseye; Eleanor Gannett Birdseye (1972). Growing Woodland Plants. Courier Corporation. pp. 62–. ISBN 978-0-486-20661-5. 
  3. ^ KAZUHIKO HAYASHI; SEIJI YOSHIDA; HIDETOSHI KATO, FREDERICK H. UTECH; DENNIS F. WHIGHAM; SHOICHI KAWANOI (1998). "Molecular Systematics of the Genus Uvularia and Selected Liliales Based upon mat K and rbc L Gene Sequence Data". Plant Species Biology. 13 (2-3): 129–146. doi:10.1111/j.1442-1984.1998.tb00254.x. 
  4. ^ "Uvularia sessilifolia L". USDA PLANTS. 
  5. ^ Biota of North America Program, Uvularia sessilifolia
  6. ^ Laurence C. Hatch. Hatch's Perennials 2017-18: Genera U to Z. TCR Press. pp. 1–. GGKEY:DB6W16X9RZZ.