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Disporum trachycarpum - (Watson.)Benth.&Hook.

Common Name Fairybells
Family Colchicaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Wooded slopes, often by streams, or in aspen groves, to 3000 metres[60].
Range Western N. America - British Columbia to N.E. Oregon and south along the Rockies.
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade
Disporum trachycarpum Fairybells


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Disporum trachycarpum is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 5. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) or semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw[105, 161, 177, 257]. A sweet flavour[212]. The fruit is up to 10mm in diameter and is leathery rather than pulpy[235].

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Medicinal Uses

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Ophthalmic  Poultice

The seed has been used to clear foreign objects from the eye. A fresh seed was inserted and the eye closed then rubbed until the seed was watered out with the foreign object clinging to it[257]. The seeds were also placed in the eye overnight and an infusion of the bark used as an eyewash to treat snow-blindness[257]. An infusion of the leaves has been used as a wash for wounds whilst a poultice of the dampened bruised leaves has been applied to bleeding wounds[257].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Best grown in partial shade in a moist peaty or woodland soil[1, 175]. A very hardy plant, tolerating temperatures down to about -20°c[187]. Plants spread well by means of creeping rhizomes when they are grown in a leafy soil[187]. This species is closely related to D. smithii[233].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe[175]. Use a lime-free compost and keep it moist[175]. Stored seed requires 6 weeks cold stratification and should be sown as early in the year as possible[175]. Germination usually takes place within 3 - 6 months or more at 15°c[175]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring[200].

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Disporum cantoniense Perennial1.0 7-10  LMHSM21 
Disporum sessileJapanese Fairy BellsPerennial0.6 4-8 FLMHSM10 
Disporum smilacinum Perennial0.5 -  LMHSM20 
Disporum viridescens Perennial0.6 -  LMHFSM10 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Author

(Watson.)Benth.&Hook.

Botanical References

160

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Readers comment

Sonny Larsson   Wed Feb 6 2008

The North American species and the Asian ones are not closely related, and the American species should be treated as the genus Prosartes of the family Liliaceae.

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