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Fairybell

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.