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 Symbol: PRSM
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: CA , OR , WA
Native Distribution: B.C. s., w. of the Cascades, to San Mateo Co., CA
Native Habitat: Moist, open to deep woods
Growing ConditionsLight 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.
PropagationDescription: Propagation is from root cuttings or from seeds.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Prosartes smithii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Prosartes smithii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Prosartes smithii
MetadataRecord Modified: 2015-09-29
Research By: TWC Staff