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PlantFiles: Fairy Bells
Disporum hookeri

Family: Colchicaceae
Genus: Disporum (dy-SPOR-um) (Info)
Species: hookeri (HOOK-er-ee) (Info)

Synonym:Prosartes hookeri

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive GardenGuyKin On Apr 19, 2008, GardenGuyKin from Portland, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

Common, late spring, perennial, 1-3 ft.
Upright stems with few horizontally spreading branches, the upper stems somewhat hairy. Flowers 1-3 at tips of stems, consisting of greenish or creamy white hanging bells with spreading lobes, with stamens extending outward. Berries are dark yellow to bright red.

Positive wnstarr On Apr 25, 2004, wnstarr from Puyallup, WA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Edgewood, Wa. Delightful plant with very handsome lance shaped foliage. Each stem is multi-branched. It blooms with small white pendent flowers that are followed by orange fruit. Wonderful plant for the woodland or shade garden. Prefers light humus soil. Super native plant of the Pacific Northwest.


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

Hayden, Idaho
Bridal Veil, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Bellaire, Texas
Sequim, Washington

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