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Prosartes hookeri
fairy-bells, Hooker's fairy-bells

Distribution: Occurring in forested areas on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to Montana.

Habitat: Moist, shady, wooded areas, sea level to mid-elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: April-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Sparingly branched perennial herbs from rhizomes, the leafy stem up to 6 dm. tall.


Leaves ovate, pointed, strongly cordate and oblique, strongly pubescent below and sparsely so above, the margins with forward-pointing hairs.


Flowers 2-3, narrowly bell-shaped, creamy white, 9-18 mm. long; tepals 6, alike, distinct, narrowly elliptic; stamens 6, at least as long as the perianth, the anthers exposed; style hairy, stigma nearly entire.


Fruit a red berry, broadly obovoid, 7-9 mm. long.

Accepted Name:
Prosartes hookeri Torr.
Publication: Pacif. Railr. Rep. 4(5): 144. 1857.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Disporum hookeri (Torr.) G. Nicholson [HC]
Disporum hookeri (Torr.) G. Nicholson var. oreganum (S. Watson) Q. Jones [HC]
Disporum hookeri (Torr.) G. Nicholson var. trachyandrum (Torr.) Q. Jones
Disporum oreganum (S. Watson) W.T. Mill.
Disporum parvifolium (S. Watson) Britton
Disporum trachyandrum (Torr.) Britton
Prosartes hookeri Torr. var. oregana (S. Watson) Kartesz [KZ99]
Prosartes oregana S. Watson
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Prosartes hookeri in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Prosartes hookeri checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Prosartes hookeri information.

E-Flora BC: Prosartes hookeri atlas page.

CalPhotos: Prosartes hookeri photos.

USDA Plants: Prosartes hookeri information.

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