Sessileleaf bellwort

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated April 2019.

Scientific name: Uvularia sessilifolia L.

Common name(s): sessileleaf bellwort, sessile bellwort, spreading bellwort, straw-lily, merrybells, wild oat

Links: USDA PLANTS Profile, NPIN Profile, Go Botany

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– perennial

-leaves are

  • alternate
  • elliptic
  • sessile

-4″-12″ tall forb

– generally flowers in May in ME




deciduous and mixed evergreen deciduous forests

Natural History:

-the young leaves are edible when cooked



Heinrich, B. 1976. Flowering phenologies: Bog, woodland, and disturbed habitats. Ecology. 57(5):890-899.

Go Botany. “Uvularia Sessilifolia L.” Uvularia Sessilifolia (Sessile-Leaved Bellwort): Go Botany, 2021,