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Night Heron Chinese Fairy Bells

Disporum cantoniense 'Night Heron'

Lustrous, dark chocolate-purple stems rise gracefully from the soil in spring, producing shiny, dusky purple leaves on gently arching side shoots. Creates an exotic bamboo-like effect. Small, creamy chartreuse flower clusters are followed by showy, purple black berries against dark green, purple-tinged foliage.
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Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.


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Botanical Pronunciationdy-SPOR-um kan-toe-nee-EN-see
LoreThe 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'
Average Size at MaturityReaches 4 to 6 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide, slowly spreading wider.
Bloom TimeLate spring blooms, followed by berries in the summer.
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorPurple
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full shade, Partial shade, Partial sun
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Fall Color, Naturalizes Well, Shade Loving
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsDogwood (Cornus kousa); Ligularia (Ligularia); Hosta (Hosta); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Spikenard (Aralia); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-9

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