Perfoliate Bellwort - Uvularia perfoliata (Lily family - Liliaceae)

 

Perfoliate Bellwort - Uvularia perfoliata (Lily family - Liliaceae) A single yellowish, fragrant flower droops at the tip of a forking leafy stem. Stem appears to pierce the leaves. To tell from Large-Flowered Bellwort (U. grandiflora), note the inside of the flower, which is rough with orange grains. 6 - 18 in. Moist woods.



 

The young shoots of all bellworts were once used as a substitute for asparagus. At one time these plants were thought to be good for treating throat diseases because the drooping flowers resembled the uvula, the soft lobe hanging into the throat from the soft palate.

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