General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 12 - 16 inches
Plant Spread: 6 - 12 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Other: Three-sided pod containing seeds with growths eaten by ants (elaiosomes)
Fruiting Time: Late spring or early summer
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: Seeds need alternating periods of warm and cold stratification to germinate
Can handle transplanting
Seeds are hydrophilic
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Flies

Common names
  • Large-flowered Bellwort
  • Wild Oats
  • Strawbells
  • Mohawk Weed
  • Fairybells
  • Large Bellwort
  • Merrybells
  • Large-flower bellwort
  • Largeflower bellwort
  • Yellow bellwort

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  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 15, 2012 1:34 PM concerning plant:
    This bellwort is a clumping perennial wildflower found in wooded coves throughout all of eastern North America. Late spring flowers nod at the ends of short stalks and are yellow-green with large, twisted, dangling petals. The blue-green foliage resembles Solomon's seal. Large-flowered bellwort is not fast growing. Grow it in shade to dappled sunlight with average soil moisture. Once established, this bellwort is drought tolerant, disease and pest resistant and very easy to grow. (Sunlight Gardens)
  • Posted by KentPfeiffer (Southeast Nebraska - Zone 5b) on Mar 23, 2012 8:29 AM concerning plant:
    One of my favorite woodland natives. It spreads well, but not aggressively, in a shade garden. Unlike many woodland natives, it grows well in neutral or even alkaline soils.
  • Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Jan 15, 2012 4:02 PM concerning plant:
    Early settlers used upper stems and leaves as greens. Upper stems also utilized as a substitute for asparagus. A concoction made from the roots was used to treat canker sores in the mouth.
    A wildflower liking moist woods throughout Illinois.

    Described by one vendor "like faeries in disguise", a delicate woodland beauty.
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