July 2008 Plant Profile: Disporum cantoniense ‘Night Heron’

“Sleek and sophisticated” many say about this outstanding perennial from Dan Hinkley of the former Heronswood Nursery. The emerging stems of this much sought after perennial are strikingly deep red, almost black, stalks with pink sheaths that give it the appearance of a rare and enticing bamboo. The slender stalks are then topped with interesting green, bell-shaped flowers and the plant “greens up” eventually. It is a vigorous species selection that’s worthy of a special spot in the shade garden.

Location: Bed 7
Family: Colchicaceae
Origin: China
Height: 3-5 ft.
Spread: Forms a clump to 18-24 inches wide
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Bloom Color: Green
Exposure: Part Sun – Full Shade
Water/Soil: Medium moisture and amended soil with organic matter.