Native Region: Pacific Northwest Canada
Zone Range: 5-9
Preferred Climate: Semi sun; shady sites; well draining average soils
Harvest Date: Monday 13 September, 2010
Seed count: 15-20
Fairybell's smaller 'cousin' with similar looking soft leaves but with pink flowers dangling from the leaf/stem axils. Ruby red oval berries in late summer. Seems to prefer shady sites in open forests in well draining humusy soils. Grows well along side Gaultheria (salal), Cornus candensis (bunchberry), and native ferns under a mixed forest canopy. Dought tolerant in summer.
Soak seed 24-36 hours. Barely cover seed with humus rich medium, keep moist and don't let seed freeze. Should germinate in a couple of weeks at 10C. In the garden, the seed germinates within weeks of hitting the ground. Does well in pots, just sow in humus rich free draining medium (in a deep pot) and barely cover seed. Sprouts readily when baggie sown. Emerging growth looks similar to hosta.