Bellwort, Large-flowered/ Big Merrybells

Uvularia grandiflora
A 6-18" plant with narrowly bell-shaped flowers that droop on thin-stalks at the ends of branches. The 6 yellow petals/sepals are smooth on both inner and outer surfaces. The anthers are long and prominent. Alternate, elliptical leaves clasp the stem and are downy underneath. They have not opened completely when the flowers are in bloom and look somewhat wilted. Blooms April-June in rich woods.

Perfoliate bellwort (U. perfoliata) is similar but the inner surface of the petal is rough instead of smooth and the stem "perforates" the leaf further in from the edge.