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Disporum smilacinum (Japanese Fairy Bells)

Japanese Fairy Bells


Disporum smilacinum (Japanese Fairy Bells) is a charming rhizomatous perennial with olive green, lance-shaped leaves and delicate, bell-shaped, white flowers that dangle at the stem ends in mid to late spring. They are followed by blue-black berries that ripen in the fall. A handsome woodland species that adds a perfect touch of class to the shade garden.

  • Grows up to 4-8 in. tall (10-20 cm) and 8-12 in. wide (20-30 cm).
  • Performs best in part shade in humus-rich, consistently moist, well-drained soils. Tolerates full shade.
  • Virtually disease free. Keep an eye out for slugs and snails.
  • Propagate by seed or by division.
  • Native to Japan, Korea & China.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Disporum - Fairy Bells
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 4" – 8" (10cm – 20cm)
Spread 8" – 1' (20cm – 30cm)
Spacing 8" – 12" (20cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Garden Uses Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Disporum - Fairy Bells
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 4" – 8" (10cm – 20cm)
Spread 8" – 1' (20cm – 30cm)
Spacing 8" – 12" (20cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Garden Uses Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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