Disporum plants and species
Not that widely grown, Disporum are a group of woodland plants with the common name of ‘Fairy Bells’. Grown for the attractive flowers, and in some cases the foliage. With over 20 species in the genus, they are native to areas from China to Northern India.
With a number of species being garden worthy, Disporum Cantoniense and Disporum sessile are the best known of these attractive woodland plants. A clump forming evergreen perennial growing to 2m. The hanging white creamy flowers give in the name ‘fairy bells’ .
Disporum or fairy bells are another great woodland plant. Attractive flowers in spring, some with variegated foliage. Disporum have a ‘bamboo like’ appearance.
- Best in a position of dappled shade.
- Humus rich well drained soil.
- Keep moist, especially during hot dry summer periods.
- Some species will spread though a woodland area in good conditions. Not overly aggressive.
- D. cantoniense is a tall species growing to 1.5m. Sometimes called the ‘Night Heron’. Flower colour will vary from a deep red to white.
- D. sessile is a shorter growing species with white flowers.
- D. flavens with yellow flowers it earns the common name of Yellow Fairy Bells..
- D. lutescens is a Japanese species not widely offered for sale. Yellow flowers on a plant that is low growing to around 30cm.
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