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Disporum - Fairy Bells

Regarded as some of the most handsome shade-loving woodland species, Disporum (Fairy Bells) are rhizomatous perennials with alternate leaves on sparsely branched stems, and single or small clusters of nodding bell-shaped flowers in spring or early summer, followed by berries. Low maintenance, Fairy Bells are perfect for part shade locations with rich, moist soils.

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Disporum cantoniense (Chinese Fairy Bells)

Disporum cantoniense (Chinese Fairy Bells) is a clump-forming, rhizomatous perennial with arching, bamboo-like stems clothed with lance-shaped, shiny, bright green leaves, 5 in. long (12 cm). In late spring and early summer, bell-shaped flowers in shades of creamy-white or reddish purple dangle at the stem ends. They are followed by showy dark-red berries in the fall. A handsome shade-loving woodland species.

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Disporum flavens (Yellow Fairy Bells)

Disporum flavens (Yellow Fairy Bells) is a clump-forming, upright, rhizomatous perennial with arching stems clothed with dark green, lance-shaped leaves, 6 in. long (15 cm). In spring, small clusters of 1-3 bell-shaped, bright yellow flowers unroll with the leaves and dangle at the stem ends for a showy display. 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.

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Disporum sessile 'Variegatum' (Fairy Bells)

Primarily grown for its lovely foliage, Disporum sessile 'Variegatum' (Fairy Bells) is a spreading, rhizomatous perennial with arching stems clothed with lance-shaped, gray-green leaves attractively streaked and edged with white. In spring, small, bell-shaped, greenish-white flowers dangle at the stem ends.

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Disporum smilacinum (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.

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