E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Prosartes hookeri Torr.
Hooker's fairybells (drops-of-gold)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Prosartes hookeri var. oregana

Species Information

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Perennial herb from a strong but slender rhizome; stems erect, 30-100 cm tall, few-branched, spreading-curly-hairy at least above.
Stem leaves alternate, several to many, egg-shaped to broadly lanceolate, 5-15 cm long, 2-6 cm wide, unstalked, heart-shaped and somewhat clasping at the base, short-hairy below and sparsely hairy to nearly smooth above, the margins fringed with forward-pointing hairs; basal leaves lacking.
Inflorescence of 1 to 3 (usually 2), stalked flowers drooping from branch tips; flowers creamy-white, narrowly bell-shaped, of 6 similar distinct sepals, the tepals 10-15 (18) mm long, narrowly elliptic, flaring from the middle or lower; stamens 6, mostly slightly longer than the tepals; pistil 1, 3-chambered, styles usually hairy at least near the base.
Berries, broadly egg-shaped, yellow to ultimately red, 7-10 mm long, smooth or minutely hairy; seeds 4 to 6.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist to mesic forests in the lowland and montane zones; common in BC south of 55degreeN; E to AB and W MT, ID and NW OR.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Prosartes hookeri

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 0 840 2051
Slope Gradient (%) -2 25 235
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 202 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 4 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BG(7), BWBS(23), CDF(3), CWH(367), ESSF(132), ICH(1158), IDF(351), MS(118), PP(13), SBPS(3), SBS(472)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Disporum hookeri

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