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Disporum trachycarpum - (Watson.)Benth.&Hook.
                 
Common Name Fairybells
Family Colchicaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Wooded slopes, often by streams, or in aspen groves, to 3000 metres[60].
Range Western N. America - British Columbia to N.E. Oregon and south along the Rockies.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade

Summary

Disporum trachycarpum Fairybells


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Disporum trachycarpum Fairybells
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Physical Characteristics
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Disporum trachycarpum is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) or semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw[105, 161, 177, 257]. A sweet flavour[212]. The fruit is up to 10mm in diameter and is leathery rather than pulpy[235].
Medicinal Uses


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Ophthalmic;  Poultice.

The seed has been used to clear foreign objects from the eye. A fresh seed was inserted and the eye closed then rubbed until the seed was watered out with the foreign object clinging to it[257]. The seeds were also placed in the eye overnight and an infusion of the bark used as an eyewash to treat snow-blindness[257]. An infusion of the leaves has been used as a wash for wounds whilst a poultice of the dampened bruised leaves has been applied to bleeding wounds[257].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Best grown in partial shade in a moist peaty or woodland soil[1, 175]. A very hardy plant, tolerating temperatures down to about -20°c[187]. Plants spread well by means of creeping rhizomes when they are grown in a leafy soil[187]. This species is closely related to D. smithii[233].
Propagation
Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe[175]. Use a lime-free compost and keep it moist[175]. Stored seed requires 6 weeks cold stratification and should be sown as early in the year as possible[175]. Germination usually takes place within 3 - 6 months or more at 15°c[175]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring[200].
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Elizabeth H.
Sonny Larsson Wed Feb 6 2008
The North American species and the Asian ones are not closely related, and the American species should be treated as the genus Prosartes of the family Liliaceae.
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