Disporum uniflorum

fairy bells

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  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Synonyms: Disporum flavens

Outstanding Qualities

This delightful relative to Solomon’s seal grows as a tight slow spreading clump. The fresh green stems emerge in spring, grow to about a foot tall and arch over with a bloom at the tip of pale lemon yellow bell-like flowers. The thin, arching stems and graceful foliage add elegance to any shade garden.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: compact perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 18 ft. 0 in. (5.49 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9

Flower Color: yellow

Sun/Light Exposure: light, open, or dappled shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: In spring the slim arching stems have clusters of pale yellow bell-like flowers.

Wildlife Associations: bees

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Arisaema consanguineum, Epimedium x warleyense, Polystichum neolobatum, Adiantum aleuticum, Asarum europaeum

Great Color Contrasts: bronze, burgundy, lavender

Great Color Partners: chartreuse, cream, white, yellow

Culture Notes
Fairy bells prefers a location with rich moist to well-drained soil with light to dappled shade. It is a slow grower and often takes a year or two to become well established. Take care not to crowd it out with other plants. Once established it will grow best with regular watering during dry weather. Once the foliage yellows in fall it can be cut to the ground.