Hooker's Fairy Bell

Hooker's Fairy Bell or Small-flowered Fairy Bell, Disporum hookeri

Hooker's Fairy Bell in bloom, photographer Martha Rasmussen

These fragile woodland flowers grow deep in the moist forest or along roads and trails where they can find some protection from direct sunlight.  The Greek name Disporum refers to the ovary of the flower which produces two seeds.  The name Hookeri was given to this flower by Joseph Hooker, ( 1817 - 1911 ), one of the greatest British botanist and keeper of the Royal Botanical Gardens.

The petal open up to a pale greenish-white and become more white as the flower matures.  After blooming two red oval berries will appear.

You will find Hooker's Fairy Bell in the moist forest of Bedal Creek, Harold Engel's Memorial Grove, Boulder River, North Sauk, both Old Sauk trails & in most Darrington area Campgrounds.