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DISPORUM sessile

Image of Disporum sessile

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

DISPORUM sessile

Plant Common Name

Fairybells, Japanese Fairybells

General Description

A native of East Asia, this spreading herbaceous perennial has glossy, lance-shaped leaves on smooth, compact, zig-zagging stems. Small clusters of pendent white or cream flowers dangle from the leaf axils in late spring and early summer. Black berries follow the flowers. Plants form an expanding clump via underground rhizomes. Many variegated cultivars have been selected, most of them lumped under the moniker 'Variegatum'.

Japanese fairybell grows and flowers best in partial shade and moist, well-drained, humus-rich soil. It tolerates deep shade. Use it in naturalistic woodland gardens, or in a shaded border.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 9

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Eastern Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Groundcover, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes