• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full shade to filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Clumping habit, reaches 18 to 24 in. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Fantastic Foliage for Shade
    Blooms:
    Late Spring to Summer
  • Detail
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Clumping habit, reaches 18 to 24 in. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Blooms:Late Spring to Summer
    Flower color:Yellow
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Companion PlantsSpikenard (Aralia); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Coral Bells (Heuchera); Ligularia (Ligularia); Hosta (Hosta); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in humus-rich, consistently moist, well-drained soils. Plants will slowly spread over time by rhizomes to form a broad clump. Root-hardy with protection to USDA zones 5 and 6, and semi-evergreen to evergreen elsewhere. Prune old foliage just before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: cut back old stalks in mid- to late winter for a neat appearance.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full shade to filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    'Moonlight' originated as a naturally occurring branch mutation of Disporum cantoniense 'Aureovariegata' (not patented). The new cultivar was discovered by Reinier van Elderen in a container at his nursery in 2007 in Lijnden, The Netherlands. This new cultivar differs from its parent plant in that 'Aureovariegata' has foliage that is inconspicuously variegated with green and pale greenish yellow leaves, while the new cultivar has radiating silvery white and green variegation. As compared to Disporum 'Night Heron and 'Green Giant', 'Moonlight' is noted for it's unique coloration and variegation while having a significantly shorter form with a more arching habit.