Generally speaking, any plant with the word “wort” in it’s name, was once considered a food or medicinal plant – even if the reasons for the designation were rather lopsided. Bellworts were considered a medicinal for throat ailments because the flower resembled the uvula… (that little waddle-y thing hanging at the back of the throat…)
In clearing the woods this Spring for new walking paths, I figured we’d uncover a bounty of native wildflowers that had been blanketed by “years” of leaf decay – finally getting their day in the sun – so to speak. I haven’t been disappointed.
Say hello to Sessileleaf Bellwort, or Wild Oats – a member of the lily family. There are 6 types of bellworts in the States – 2 varieties are common to Georgia. The Sessileleaf Bellwort (which we have on the property), and the Uvularia Grandfloria Bellwort (also known as Merry Bells).
A spreading variety useful and beautiful as a woodland ground cover. The plants typically grow 8 to 12″ with 2 single, yellow bell-shaped flowers per plant.
I’ll be harvesting the fruit this summer and resowing several lowland patches along the path.
Water Usage: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist, rich, acidic soils. Prefers high humus and good drainage.
Conditions Comments: Does not tolerate flooding.