Disporum flavens
Common Name: fairy bells 
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Colchicaceae
Native Range: Korea
Zone: 5 to 8
Height: 2.00 to 2.50 feet
Spread: 0.75 to 1.00 feet
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: Soft yellow
Sun: Part shade to full shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy
Fruit: Showy


Grow in moist, organically rich, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Best in part shade locations. Somewhat slow to establish.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Disporum flavens, commonly called fairy bells is native to Korea. It is a rhizomatous perennial that typically grows in a slowly creeping clump to 30” tall. Lance-shaped leaves (to 6” long) and plant habit are reminiscent of the related Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum), except fairy bell flowers are terminal. Drooping, tubular, soft yellow flowers (usually 1-3) appear in small clusters at the stem ends in April. Flower buds appear with the new growth. Flowers from established clumps often produce a showy display. Flowers give way to black berries that ripen in late summer. Foliage will sometimes turn an attractive yellow in fall, particularly in climates with cool summer temperatures.

Genus name comes from the Greek words dis meaning two and spora meaning seed for the two ovules in each chamber of the ovary.

Specific epithet means yellow.


No serious insect or disease problems. Watch for fungal leaf spots and slugs.


Woodland or shade gardens. Also effective in part shade areas of borders.