The Temperate Database is in the process of being updated, with new records being added and old ones being checked and brought up to date where necessary. This record has not yet been checked and updated.
Flowering plant growing at Kew Gardens, London, England
Photograph by: Leonora Enking
Disporum cantoniense is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
E. Asia - Himalayas to China.
Cool shady places at elevations of 1100 - 2900 metres in Nepal[
]. Forests and thickets at elevations of 700 - 3000 metres[
Best grown in partial shade in a moist peaty or woodland soil[
Plants spread rapidly[
] by means of creeping rhizomes when they are grown in a leafy soil[
Tender leaves and young shoots - cooked. Used as a vegetable[
The juice of the roots is used in the treatment of fevers[
Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe[
]. Use a lime-free compost and keep it moist[
]. Stored seed requires 6 weeks cold stratification and should be sown as early in the year as possible[
]. Germination usually takes place within 3 - 6 months or more at 15°c[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Division in spring[