Disporum smithii (Smith's Fairybells)


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Plant Description: A small flowered perennial flower found in moist woods. Flowers are soft white bell shaped clusters. Following bloom, flowers produce red and orange berries foraged by woodland wildlife.


  • Height: 1-3 ft
  • Width: 1-3 ft
  • Watering needs: regular moisture, can tolerate some dryness in summer, but supplemental watering may be necessary
  • Sun needs: shade-part shade
  • Soil needs: moist, nutrient rich soil
  • Bloom Time: Early summer
  • Portland Plant List (Backyard Habitat Certification): Yes

Landscape Use and Ecological Function: Disporum smithii grows from BC to Northern California in the understory of nutrient rich conifer and Redwood forests. They thrive in moist/damp shade with very light sunlight. Smith's Fairy Bells provides nectar to woodland pollinators, butterflies, and hummingbirds while also providing berries for foraging birds and mammals. We recommend this plant in shady woodland gardens.

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