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Disporum cantoniense, photo courtesy of Andrea Jones/Garden World Images
Disporum cantoniense, photo courtesy of Andrea Jones/Garden World Images

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Disporum cantoniense

Chinese Fairy Bells

Perennials, Flowers

From China, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas; worthy addition to woodland gardens. In spring, colorful, bamboolike shoots emerge from rhizomes in shades of white, pink, purple-pink, or green. Shiny, bright green leaves are lance-shaped. Fragrant, creamy white or reddish purple spring flowers are bell-shaped and dangle among the new growth. Flowers are followedby purplish black berries. The plant forms an upright clump 4–6 ft. tall and 3 ft. wide and dies to the ground in cold weather. ‘Night Heron’ has dark purple new growth that fades to blackish green. ‘Green Giant’ has new growth that emergesin shades of white, pink, and green. Plant in moist soil, rich in organic matter.

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