Uvularia grandiflora is a perennial found in areas such as Eastern N. America - South Quebec to Georgia, west to Arkansas to North Dakota. A member of the Uvulariaceae family, Uvularia grandiflora Sm is also known by its common name of Fairybells. The perennial can grow to a height of 0.3 meters and up to 0.3 meters wide. The preferred habitat of Rich woods[222]., with LM soil and FS moisture levels. .

Fairybells is a zone 3 hardy plant that has medicinal uses - the medicinal usage rating of Fairybells is 3The root is analgesic[257]. It is used as a poultice or salve in the treatment of toothaches, boils, swellings, wounds and ulcers[222, 257]. As I was typing this report (29/01/95), Geoffrey Smith on Radio 4's 'Gardeners Question Time' spoke about it and said that it was the best poultice for boils that he knew of[K]. An infusion of the root has been used to treat backaches and, mixed with oil, has been used as a salve on sore muscles[257]. A tea made from the roots is used as a wash in the treatment of rheumatic pains[222].

Uvularia grandiflora is 0 plant, whose flowers bloom typically in 5 - 6, and which is pollinated by Insects.

Cultivation tips: An easily grown plant, it requires a cool moist shady position and a light sandy soil[1, 42, 111]. Likes plenty of humus in the soil[111]. Grows well in a woodland garden and in the rock garden[200]. Plants grow much taller in rich soils and then
succeed in the herbaceous border[222]. A very hardy plant, tolerating temperatures down to about -20°c[187]. A very ornamental species, there are some named varieties[233].

. The plant should best be propagated by Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe in the summer[200]. Sow stored seed in late winter in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division after the plants die down in late summer. It is best carried out in early spring before the plants flower[188]. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is best to pot up smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame until they are growing away well. Plant them out in the following spring.