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Prosartes lanuginosa

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, rich

Height: 1'-3'

Bloom Time: April, May, June

Bloom Color: yellow, green

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6

Additional Tags: berries, clumping, colonizing, ornamental foliage, shade garden plant, showy fruit, woodland plant

Prosartes lanuginosa  (yellow fairybells)
  • Prosartes lanuginosa  (yellow fairybells)
  • Prosartes lanuginosa  (yellow fairybells)
  • Prosartes lanuginosa  (yellow fairybells)
  • Prosartes lanuginosa  (yellow fairybells)

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Prosartes lanuginosa

Also known as:

yellow fairybells


yellow Mandarin

Scientific Synonyms:

Disporum lanuginosum, Streptopus lanuginosus


Prosartes lanuginosa is a woodland wildflower. It produces tall leafy stems, reminiscent of Solomon's seal. These are terminally divided into two or three leafy branchlets, each of which will bear two yellowish-green Flowers. These appear bell-shaped at first, becoming star-shaped when fully opened. The fruit are berry-like, green at first, orange to red at maturity.


Best grown in rich, humusy, moist soil in full to light shade. Plants can benefit from a layer of mulch or leaf litter, to maintain adequate levels of moisture and acidity. Prosartes lanuginosa will slowly form clumps via rhizomatous roots. These plants will add a strong design element to any shade, or woodland garden. Bloom times are from April to June, depending on location. Zones 5-6


Propagate from seed, or by root division.

Additional Notes

Yellow fairybells is good understory, shade garden, or woodland species.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:


Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Liliidae
Order Liliales
Family Liliaceae Lily family
Genus Prosartes
Species Prosartes lanuginosa yellow fairybells