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Types of Lilies
Types of Flowers
Fairy Bells, the common name for a group of woodland plants (genus Disporumin) grow in both both the East and West Coast locations.
Both species presented here grow in the Western United States.
Hooker's Fairy Bells (Disporum hookeri), the first picture, grow tall on a hardy stem that branches out for leaves and flowers.
Their small and delicate looking flowers bloom in spring, producing red berries in the summer. Information regarding the plant's toxicity is sketchy, and there is little history of its use as food.
Fairy lanterns (Disporum smithii) are small white flowering perennials found in forest areas along the entire West Coast.
There is some disagreement in the botany world over whether to put them in the lily family or the Colchicaceae family, so they are also categorized as Prosartes smithii.
Regardless of their name, and despite their small size, the flowers' ability to light up both the underside and topside of the plant's leaves shows their above average luminosity.
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