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Fairybells

Disporum trachycarpum
Photo by Pat Woodward

Habitat: The Fairybell is common throughout the wooded areas of Alberta from May-June preferring the nice, damp soil.

Description: Greenish-white bell-like flowers hang down and droop from slender stalks and are usually covered by their leaves.  The leaves are long and range from ovate to oblong.  They only flower for a short time but the orange-red berries they produce take the whole summer to ripen.

Size: 30-76cm tall

Fun Facts: The berries made by the Fairybell are a favourite of mice and are sweet and can be eaten raw by people.

Source:

Craighead, John J., Craighead, Frank C., and Davis, Ray J. A Field Guide to Rocky Mountain Wildflowers. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1963. Print

Cormack, R.G.H. Wild Flowers of Alberta. Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers, 1977. Print

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