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Disporum smithii

Fairy Bells

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Features

  • BloomsApril to June
  • Height0.4m
  • Spread0.3m
  • Speed of GrowthModerate
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Disporum smithii (Fairy Bells). Fairy Bells are herbaceous woodland perennials with white, bell like flowers on leaves which look a little like Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum) with which they were previously considered to be closely related. The leaves are a fresh, bright green, obovate and have deep veins running parallel down their lengths. Smooth orange berries are produced

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Herbaceous

Other common names

Largeflower Fairybells

Origin

Pacific coastal areas of North America.

Interest and use

Woodland and shade planting, grown for their enchanting flowers and ornamental fruit.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -35°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Humus-rich
  • WaterSemi-moist or Moist

Cultivation

Best in a semi-shaded position.

Propagation

Division in spring or by seed in autumn.

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