Sessile-leaved Bellwort, Spreading Bellwort, Straw Lily, Wild Oats, Little Merrybells
Sessile (or Sessile-leaved) Bellwort is a native perennial plant found in much of Virginia. It grows 6-to-12 inches tall in woodlands with either wet or dry soils. "Sessile" means attached directly to the base without having an intervening stalk. The creamy-yellow flowers are bell-shaped and bloom in the spring. Sessile Bellwort is in the ecologically-diverse lily family, which has 15 genera and more than 700 species. Included in the family are tulips, which have a huge worldwide demand as an ornamental plant.
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