Disporum sessile 'Variegatum'

Fairy Bells

Plant Type:


Disporum sessile ‘Variegatum’ – A beautiful variegated plant with dark green and white leaves. Lacking leaf stems the elliptic leaves clutch the stalks. It is very showy in the open shade garden. Large white terminal bells are touched with apple green at the tips. Large, dark blue berries follow – a beautiful contrast to the white variegated foliage. This lovely woodland perennial moves about and may sprout a short distance away from where you might have expected. Though I have seen it listed with varying heights ours grow to about 8” tall. This Fairy Bells develops deep purple-black berries late season. Moderately spreading, colonizing. Just Beautiful in foliage, flower and fruit. If ordered in our fall shipping window these will arrive cut back and ready for the long winter's nap. Established potted woodlander grown from division.


8 in


Green with White

Characteristics and Attributes for Disporum sessile 'Variegatum'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / into Autumn

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant


  • Shade
  • Dappled Shade


  • Border
  • Woodland
  • Natural Garden
  • Rock Garden

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Fertile
  • Moist
  • Woodland
  • Draining


  • Japan

Propagated By

  • Division

Genus Overview: Disporum

The Fairy Bells are fantastic woodland denizens closely allied with Solomon Seal and Bellwort. Stems arise and often arch as with their relatives providing an elegant appearance which contrasts well with other shade loverss. Flowers, too, are often showy occurring at the terminal tips of stems as in Smilacina but each floret is more in the appearance of the bell-shaped flowers of Polygonatum (Solomon Seal) and Uvularia (Bellwort). They all prefer fertile soil high in organic matter in morning sun/afternoon shade, open shade or dappled light conditions. The following offerings are established pot-grown divisions from our plants.