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Disporum smilacinum - A.Gray.

Common Name
Family Colchicaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Woods in hilly country and foothills all over Japan[58]. Forests from near sea level to 400 metres, occasionally to 1600 metres. in NE Shandong, China[266].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea.
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Moist Soil Semi-shade
Disporum smilacinum


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Disporum smilacinum is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in). It is in flower from April to May, and the seeds ripen from September to October. 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 semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Root
Edible Uses:

Young leaves - cooked[105, 177]. Bulb[105, 177]. No further details are given.

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in most parts of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Best grown in partial shade in a moist peaty or woodland soil[1, 175]. Plants spread well by means of creeping rhizomes when they are grown in a leafy soil[187].

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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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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Disporum trachycarpumFairybellsPerennial0.5 4-8  LMHFSM21 
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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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