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Prosartes lanuginosa (Yellow fairybells)
Cressler, Alan

Prosartes lanuginosa

Prosartes lanuginosa (Michx.) D. Don

Yellow Fairybells, Yellow Mandarin

Liliaceae (Lily Family)

Synonym(s): Disporum lanuginosum, Streptopus lanuginosus

USDA Symbol: PRLA9

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

The 1-3 ft. stalk is forked, with greenish-white, bell-shaped flowers occuring singly or in pairs at the ends of the branches. The flowers are followed by red berries. Light-green, sessile leaves are slightly pubescent and prominently veined.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Green
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun


USA: AL , AR , GA , KY , MD , NC , NY , OH , PA , SC , TN , VA , WV
Canada: ON
Native Distribution: NY & s. Ont. to OH, s. to GA & AR
Native Habitat: Deciduous or mixed woods, often in the mts.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Shade
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Humus-rich soil.
Conditions Comments: An cover of deciduous leaves is beneficial in winter.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Additional resources

USDA: Find Prosartes lanuginosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Prosartes lanuginosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Prosartes lanuginosa


Record Modified: 2014-08-29
Research By: TWC Staff

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