Disporum sessile 'Goldbug'

Fairy Bells

Plant Type:


Disporum sessile 'Gold Bug' (aka 'Chigger') - Bright and lovely little Fairy Bells cultivar with lots of sunny yellow flaming from a concentration at the base of most leaves, no two leaves alike. The yellow matures to white eventually. The variegation tends to be many narrow streaks with more yellow / white than green tissue. Even the zig-zag stems are mostly white. Just perfect in the woodland patch where it will happily glow. Fertile, organic moisture retaining soil. Some drought tolerance in summer. Established potted Fairy Bells from division.


4-6 in


4-6 in




(4)5 to 9
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Characteristics and Attributes for Disporum sessile 'Goldbug'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / into Autumn


  • Dappled Shade
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade


  • Edging
  • Rock Garden
  • Accent
  • Woodland
  • Collector Plant
  • Cottage Garden

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Draining
  • Fertile


  • Garden Origin

Propagated By

  • Division

Genus Overview: Disporum

The Fairy Bells are fantastic woodland denizens closely allied with Solomon Seal and Bellwort. Stems arise and often arch as with their relatives providing an elegant appearance which contrasts well with other shade loverss. Flowers, too, are often showy occurring at the terminal tips of stems as in Smilacina but each floret is more in the appearance of the bell-shaped flowers of Polygonatum (Solomon Seal) and Uvularia (Bellwort). They all prefer fertile soil high in organic matter in morning sun/afternoon shade, open shade or dappled light conditions. The following offerings are established pot-grown divisions from our plants.