Evergreen Solomon's Seal
Disporopsis pernyi

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Disporopsis (dy-spor-OP-sis) (Info)
Species: pernyi (PERN-yee-eye) (Info)
Synonym:Aulisconema pernyi
Synonym:Disporopsis arisanensis
Synonym:Disporopsis leptophylla
Synonym:Disporopsis taiwanensis
Synonym:Disporopsis taiwanensis

Category:

Perennials

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Green

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:

Flowers are fragrant

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mobile, Alabama

Wetumpka, Alabama

Ashdown, Arkansas

Plant City, Florida

East Tawas, Michigan

Raleigh, North Carolina

Chesterland, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio

Lexington, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
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2
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RatingContent
Neutral

On Aug 30, 2008, angihansen from Watkinsville, GA wrote:

Not evergreen in zone 6... in fact, it's one of the first to leave and last to return. I keep thinking it's dead and then notice it again when I'm wandering through the back of my property in late summer.

Positive

On Jan 27, 2006, rcn48 from Lexington, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Fantastic groundcover! Although the glossy foliage loses some of its sheen over the winter, it quickly regains the deep green foliage in spring just in time for flowering. The photo posted was planted 3 years ago - divided at the time into half a dozen small plants and within two years had formed this large mass. With or without flowers, it's one of our favorites.

Edited to report after a particularly brutal winter with record low temperatures (-15), my planting of Disporopsis didn't hold its evergreen foliage through the winter. It survived, just as not as spectacular as in the past :(

Neutral

On Oct 16, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

They're vigorous growers producing several new offsets in a year and make about a 12" clump in a couple of years. You could easily divide a clump and have a huge bunch of plants.

Positive

On Oct 1, 2003, TerriFlorida from Plant City, FL wrote:

I sent for this plant on spec, and it has survived summer here in west central Florida pretty well -- though I think it would be kind of me to move it to more shade. When I got it, I didn't have a really suitable area ready. It is a pretty little thing, with an attractive way of growing. I have yet to see it flower, but will try to remember to upload a photo when that happens.