• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide, slowly spreading wider.
    Key Feature:
    Woodland Garden Plant
    Blooms:
    Late spring blooms, followed by berries in the summer.
  • Detail
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Average landscape size:Reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide, slowly spreading wider.
    Foliage color:Purple
    Blooms:Late spring blooms, followed by berries in the summer.
    Flower color:Yellow
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Rustic
    Design IdeasPerfectly sited in woodland or shade gardens. Highly effective vertical element in semi-shady borders or large patio tubs. Naturalizes well, spreading slowly to form handsome colonies.
    Companion PlantsDogwood (Cornus kousa); Ligularia (Ligularia); Hosta (Hosta); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Spikenard (Aralia); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Best in humus-rich, consistently moist, well-drained soils. Plants will slowly spread over time by rhizomes to form colonies. An herbaceous perennial that may be root hardy with winter protection in USDA zones 5 through 6; semi-evergreen to evergreen in warmer regions.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Disporum cantoniense is a rhizomatous perennial native to forests and thickets in China. 'Night Heron' is an exceptional selection made by renown plant explorer, Daniel J. Hinkley, from seed collected in Sichuan, China.
    Lore:
    The superb spring foliage color of this selection brings to mind the dark plumage colors of the black-crowned night heron, which has known distribution throughout China and North America, hence the name 'Night Heron'

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