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Variegated Japanese Fairy Bells

Disporum sessile 'Variegatum'

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Variegated Japanese Fairy Bells (Disporum sessile 'Variegatum') at Van Atta's Greenhouse

Variegated Japanese Fairy Bells flowers

Variegated Japanese Fairy Bells flowers

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Height:  24 inches

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4


This plant produces flowers that are pendulous, tubular bells; lance-shaped sessile foliage resembling solomon's seal or bamboo is streaked and edged in creamy white; great for woodlands or shaded borders

Ornamental Features

Variegated Japanese Fairy Bells features showy white bell-shaped flowers dangling from the stems from early to mid spring. Its narrow leaves remain green in color with showy creamy white variegation throughout the season. It produces black berries in late summer.

Landscape Attributes

Variegated Japanese Fairy Bells is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Variegated Japanese Fairy Bells is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Variegated Japanese Fairy Bells will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Massing  Edging  Garden  Naturalizing 
Flowers  Fruit 
Ornamental Features