How to Grow Uvularia Plants

Guide to Growing Cowbells, Merry bells, Bellworts, and Wood Daffodils

Members of the Uvularia genus are hardy perennials that range in height from 30 to 45 cm in height.

They have drooping leaves and bloom in the springtime. The flowers of Uvularia species are drooped bells of yellow.

Some common names for Uvularia species grown in the garden include Cowbells, Merry Bells, Wood Daffodil, and Bellwort.

Uvularia grandifloria
Uvularia grandifloria - Large-flowered Bellwort by wackybadger.

Uvularia Growing and Care Guide

  • Common Names: Bellwort, Bellflower, Cowbell, Wood Daffodil, Merrybell
  • Life Cycle: Hardy Perennial
  • Height: 18 – 24 inches (45 to 60 cm)
  • Native: North America
  • Growing Region: 3 to 9
  • Flowers: April, May
  • Flower Details: Bells, Drooping
  • Foliage: Alternate, Perfoliated.
  • Sow Outside: Late Summer using fresh seed. Cover seed. Sow in flats in a shaded area. Seed takes up to six months to germinate. Cover with glass until seedlings emerge. Keep soil moist. Transplant in the summer at about 6 inches (15 cm) for small species, to 12 inches (30 cm) for larger Uvularia pant species.
  • Sow Inside: No
  • Requirements and care: Maintain a moist soil. Keep soil cool by supplying a mulch. Water during prolonged dry spells. Propagate by division at the start of spring in cold areas or in the autumn in warmer areas.
  • Family: Colchicaceae.
  • Closely Related Species: Ornithoglossum, Gloriosa, Colchicum.
  • Miscellaneous: Named from the latin ūvula (Little Grape).

How to Grow Cowbells and other Uvularia Plants in the Garden

If you are planning to grow cowbells (Uvularia plants) from seed then start outdoors at the end of summer from fresh seed. Seeds should be sown into flats and lightly covered once sown. Sink the flats into a shady area and cover with glass; keep soil moist.

The germination time of Uvularia ranges from one to six months. Once strong enough transplant the cowbell to their final location at the end of spring.

Ideally Uvularia should be spaced from 15 to 30 cm apart (dependent upon the size of species). Cowbells prefer to grow in shady or partially shaded areas of the garden that have a rich and acidic woodland soil (pH 5 to 6) which is moist.

Caring for Uvularia

Plants of the Uvularia genus such as cowbells, Wood daffodils and Merry bells are easy to look after. They like a moist soil so keep well watered. Being a woodland plant they like shade, especially their roots so ensure that cowbells always have a good mulch of leaf mold. If you require more plants then propagate cowbells by division in the spring.

I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Uvularia. You may also enjoy the following Colchicaceae family growing guides: How to grow Bulbocodium and Gloriosa lily plants.