• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full shade to filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Quickly forms clump 18 to 24 in. tall and wide, slowly spreading wider.
    Key Feature:
    Fantastic Foliage for Shade
    Blooms:
    Late Spring to Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:dy-SPOR-um kan-toe-nee-EN-see
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Quickly forms clump 18 to 24 in. tall and wide, slowly spreading wider.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Blooms:Late Spring to Summer
    Flower color:Yellow
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    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 away old foliage before new growth appears 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
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
  • 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.