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Prosartes trachycarpa S. Watson
Roughfruit fairybells, Wartberry Fairybells
Synonym(s): Disporum trachycarpum, Disporum trachycarpum var. subglabrum
USDA Symbol: prtr4
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
A beautiful woodland plant with 1-2 small, creamy white, narrowly bell-shaped flowers hanging beneath leaves at ends of forking branches.
The regularly forked branches of this attractive and orderly plant bear leaves that are mostly oriented horizontally. There are two other western species. Smiths Fairybells (D. smithii), which grows in moist woods on the western side of the Cascade Range and the Sierra Nevada from British Columbia south to central California, has the largest flowers, 1/2-1 (1.5-2.5 cm) long. Hookers Fairybells (D. hookeri), which occurs from British Columbia south to northwestern Oregon and east to Alberta and western Montana, is very similar to Wartberry Fairybells, but the style is usually hairy, as are the upper surfaces of the leaves, and the hairs on the leaf edges point forward.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Complexity: Simple Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
, WY Canada: AB
, BC Native Distribution:
British Columbia south to northeastern Oregon, east to eastern North Dakota, and south through Rocky Mountain region to western New Mexico and southern Arizona. Native Habitat:
Wooded areas, often near streams.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff