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PlantFiles: 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

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Green
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral angihansen 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 rcn48 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 tcfromky 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 TerriFlorida 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.


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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