Wild Oats -- (Sessile Bellwort) by T.J. Martin

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Taken May 4, 2010 – Bridgton, Maine
Canon Rebel Xsi with 100mm Macro Lens

Wild Oats,
Sessile Bellwort
Uvularia sessilifolia
Family Liliaceae


  • Flowers pale yellow to straw-colored, six petals, hanging from stalk.
  • Leaves sessile (not surrounding stem), with pale undersides.
  • Fruit a triangular pod, hanging beneath stem.
  • Height: 6-13".

Natural History:

  • Flowers in late April and May.
  • Habitat: Deciduous forests at low elevation.
  • Range: Northeastern and central United States.
  • Native.


  • 18th-century botanist Manassah Cutler wrote in 1785 that “…the young shoots may be eaten as asparagus. The roots are nutritious, and are used in diet-drinks.”

I’m 60+ Years Old and a Resident of Bridgton, Maine

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thanks very much Ray ………

    – T.J. Martin

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture…thanks for the information!! I’d love to see one of these in the wild…but being so small it would take a good eye!! Interesting info!!

  • Thanks so much Blair.

    – T.J. Martin

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