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Large Flowered Fairy Bell
Prosartes smithii
About Large Flowered Fairy Bell (Prosartes smithii) 6 Nurseries Carry This Plant Prosartes smithii, formerly Disporum smithii, is a species of flowering plant in the Colchicaceae known by the common name largeflower fairybells. It is native to western North America from British Columbia to northern California, where it grows in shady forest and woodland, including forests. It is an erect, branching perennial herb growing up to a meter tall. Its narrow, fuzzy stems bear wide, oval-shaped, pointed leaves up to 12 centimeters long and mostly hairless. The flower cluster produces up to seven drooping, hanging flowers which may be hidden in the cover of the large leaves. The flower is cylindrical to bell-shaped with six white to green-tinged petals each up to 3 centimeters long. The fruit is an oval-shaped orange or red berry just over a centimeter long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

1.6 - 3.3 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Cream, White, Orange, Green, Red

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Winter, Spring

Landscaping Information

Moderate - High


For propagating by seed: 2.5 -3 mos. stratification.

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
4*, 5*, 6, 7, 14, 15*, 16*, 17*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Moist places

Annual Precipitation: 30.9" - 117.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.30" - 3.50", Coldest Month: 39.6" - 49.7", Hottest Month: 58.2" - 71.4", Humidity: 0.05" - 18.72", Elevation: 7" - 4630"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Disporum smithii
Common Names: Coast Fairy Bells, Largeflower Fairybells

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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