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Prosartes trachycarpa
wartberry fairy-bells

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to Oregon, east to the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains of the U.S. and Canada, reaching Ontario and Michigan.

Habitat: Wooded slopes, often near streams, and in aspen groves.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Sparingly branched perennial herbs from rhizomes, the leafy stem 3-6 dm. tall.


Leaves ovate to ovate-oblong, pointed, sub-cordate or rounded, somewhat pubescent below and glabrous above, the margins with spreading hairs.


Flowers 1-2 on stout, pubescent pedicels, narrowly bell-shaped, creamy white, 8-15 mm. long; tepals 6, alike, distinct, narrowly lanceolate, spreading from near the base; stamens 6, longer than the perianth, stigma shallowly lobed.


Fruit a red berry, depressed-globose, 7-10 mm. long.

Accepted Name:
Prosartes trachycarpa S. Watson
Publication: Botany (Fortieth Parallel). 344. 1871.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Disporum trachycarpum (S. Watson) Benth. & Hook. f. [HC]
Disporum trachycarpum (S. Watson) Benth. & Hook. f. var. subglabrum E.H. Kelso
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Prosartes trachycarpa checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Prosartes trachycarpa information.

E-Flora BC: Prosartes trachycarpa atlas page.

CalPhotos: Prosartes trachycarpa photos.

USDA Plants: Prosartes trachycarpa information.

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