Disporum flavens

Disporum flavumSo easy, so stunning, so underplanted. A dozen years ago, our plant buddy Margie Mott visited us bearing gifts, including a clump of this beauty from one of the gardens she tended. She informed us that we needed to grow this plant, and she was so right! Disporum flavens emerges gracefully in early mid spring with stiff arching 18-24” stalks adorned with apple green leaves and nodding lemon yellow bells in May. The floral display carries on for a couple of weeks, after which the foliage remains attractive and well behaved.

The common names for Disporum vary. We’ve heard it referred to as Yellow Mandarin and Yellow Fairy Bells. It is in the Colchichum family, which also include two hundred plus species of herbaceous perennials which grow from roots that form rhizomes and corms. Disporum flavens is slow to increase, but forms dense clumps over time and is very long lived. It prefers soil that is rich with humus but well drained soil in partial shade and is hardy to minus 20F (zone 5). Great companion plants are dark flowered Hellebores such as ‘Grape Galaxy’ Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’ and  Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’, as well as any Hosta.

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5 Responses to “Disporum flavens”
  1. Kay Wisniewski
    03.30.2011

    Do deer and rabbits like this one?

  2. Cathy Stone
    03.30.2011

    disporum flavens looks great but do deer like it?

  3. Kathy
    03.30.2011

    Disporum is deer resistant, which means they will bypass it for more tasty specimens like Hosta. Experience has shown that deer will eat almost anything if there is an over population problem and little available food.

  4. Lauren Bernardo
    03.31.2011

    When does it bloom?

  5. Kathy
    04.01.2011

    It blooms in mid Spring (MAY) here in New England.


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