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Prosartes smithii (Largeflower fairybells)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Prosartes smithii

Prosartes smithii (Hook.) Utech, Shinwari & Kawano

Largeflower Fairybells, Large-flower Fairybells, Smith's Fairybells

Liliaceae (Lily Family)

Synonym(s): Disporum smithii, Prosartes menziesii, Uvularia smithii


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

The flowers of large-flower fairybells occur singly or in clusters of 3-5. These delicate, bell-shaped flowers are flesh-colored and pendent from the leaf axils of the leafy, freely branched, 8-24 in. stems. The leaves often clasp the stem and are prominently parallel veined. Salmon-colored fruits follow the flowers.

Of the three Northwest native Prosartes species, this has the largest flowers.


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Plant Characteristics

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

Bloom Information

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


Canada: BC
Native Distribution: B.C. s., w. of the Cascades, to San Mateo Co., CA
Native Habitat: Moist, open to deep woods

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist, rich soils.
Conditions Comments: Of the three Northwest native Disporum species, this has the largest flowers.


Description: Propagation is from root cuttings or from seeds.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2015-09-29
Research By: TWC Staff

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