Disporum smithii

Smith's Fairybell

Upright. Stems with widely spreading branches. Roots creeping, in time making loose thicket. Stems, leaves hairless. Leaves dark, shiny green, alternate, clasping stems. Flower clusters of 1–7 hang from underside of stems. Flowers are 1/2 in. long, creamy white, narrow bells flaring only slightly at tip. Berries longer than wide, orange to red. Grows in deep moist woods, redwood forests, at low to mid-elevations. Similar D. trachycarpum, roughfruit fairybells, which grows on Steens Mountain, has hairy stems and fleshy round berries covered with soft bumps–-the most evident characteristic. Trachycarpum means "rough-fruited."

  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Flowering Time: Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 1--3 feet
  • Habitat: Coastal, West-Side Forest
  • Found In: Olympic Np, Columbia Basin, Mt. Rainier Np, Siskiyous, West Gorge, N Cascades Np
  • Native: Yes

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