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Moonlight Chinese Fairy Bells

Disporum cantoniense 'Moonlight'

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Moonlight Chinese Fairy Bells (Disporum cantoniense 'Moonlight') at Rainbow Gardens

Moonlight Chinese Fairy Bells foliage

Moonlight Chinese Fairy Bells foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  24 inches

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b


This plant produces pendulous, white bells becoming more showy as the clump matures; striking variegated foliage takes on pink purple tones in cool fall weather; excellent for woodlands or shaded borders

Ornamental Features

Moonlight Chinese Fairy Bells features showy white bell-shaped flowers dangling from the stems from early to mid spring. Its attractive twisted pointy leaves are dark green in color with showy white variegation. The foliage often turns pink in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Moonlight Chinese 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

Moonlight Chinese Fairy Bells is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Moonlight Chinese 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  Foliage Color 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for current availability. It does not include our entire selection of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.