Fairy Bell- Disporum
Fairy Bell is a perennial flower that blossoms in the late spring. The flower grows in clumps or runners. The plant produces flowers that range from green, yellow, white, pink and purple. The flowers usually grow in clusters of two to three. The flowers dangle bell-like from the ends of arching bamboo-like stems. The flowers will attract pollinators like bees and butterflies to your landscape. The flowers of fairy bells are not overly showy but can add a pop of color to your shaded spaces. The flowers will change to orange, red, or blue-black berries that ripen in late summer. The leaves of the plant are oval to lance-shaped with a ribbed appearance. The Fairy Bell can grow up to two feet tall. Fairy bells grow natively in the deciduous forest in Asia and North America. Fairy Bells prefer partial shade. The plant will do fine in full shade, if not crowded by other plants.
They are the perfect plant to spruce up the shady areas in a garden or yard. They will make a great ground cover under hedges and trees. The rhizomatous root system discourages weeds from growing up between them. They are a good companion to ferns, primrose, or other shade-loving plants. Some fairy bells are slow growing and can take a couple of years to get well established. This flower will grow well in rich moist to well-drained soil. They prefer their soil on the acidic side. This plant requires regular waterings and does not do well in the draught. It is otherwise low maintenance and has no serious disease or insect problems. To encourage new growth in the spring, cut the foliage of the fairy bell when it yellows in the fall. The flowers will grow in hardiness zones 4 to 9.
Fairybell or otherwise known as the Rough-Fruit Mandarin (Prosartes trachycarpa, or Disporum trachycarpum)
As the name implies, the woodland perennial Fairybell plant blooms attractive bell shape flowers of the lily variety. It is a widespread North American plant, but Asian varieties also exist, such as the Japanese Fairybell. There are 23 species of the Disporum Fairybell plant. The name Disporum comes from the Latin words "di" meaning two, and "sport" meaning seed. This is because each fruit has two seeds per berry.
Fairybell is also known as Rough-Fruit Fairybell as it produces a red or orange/red rough velvety textured berry. Rough-Fruit Fairybell berries are about the same size as store bought cherries or large grapes. They grow in clusters at the tip of the stem. The berries are not toxic and are considered edible for humans but are very bland, if a little sweet. The Blackfoot Indians were known to eat them raw. It is more likely the fruit will attract foraging grouse but are not considered suitable forage for livestock.