It is a member of the Lily family, spreading underground by means of rhizomes. The uprightbear glossy clasping , and in spring these branching stems are topped by long, pendent bells. It is only worth searching for if you have a shady patch of acid soil to fill – it will fail miserably in a small sunny crevice.
VARIETIES: The main species is U. grandiflora (U. sessiliflora) – height 9 in., spread 9 in.
Flowering period: May. The stalkless leaves clasp theand both the and fruits hang from the tips of the like bunches of grapes. The narrow bell-shaped are yellow. U. perfoliata is a closely related species with similar flowers; the only major difference is the appearance that the stems pass through the leaves.
SITE AND SOIL: Requires well-drained but moist soil – thrives best in partial shade.