Leaves: alternate, ovate or oval, acute at the apex, rounded at the base, five-to-eleven nerved, sessile. Flowers: terminal, one to three on long pedicels, greenish-white or greenish-yellow; perianth narrowly cam-panulate, its six segments narrowly oblong, acute, little, spreading; stamens six, hypogynous; style slender, three-lobed. Fruit: berry roughened, depressed-globose.

The Fairy Bells have a berry with a rough coat; it is apparently leathery rather than pulpy, and contains from four to eighteen seeds. This plant is not a real shrub, but is a shrub-like herb with slender rootstocks, and branching stems that are scaly below and leafy above. It usually grows in the dense woods and attains an average height of two feet. The leaves, which somewhat resemble those of Streptopus amplexifolins, are oval and strongly nerved, very pointed at the apex and rounded at the base. The flowers usually grow in twos or threes at the ends of the slender wand-like branches, where they hang pendent on their thready stalks. They are creamy or greenish-yellow in hue, and have a floral cup that is cut into six equal narrow segments and holds six long stamens, tipped by large oblong anthers, and a three-lobed style.

Disporum oreganum, or Woolly Disporum, is diffusely branched, the stems being woolly above. The leaves are oblong pointed and heart-shaped at the base, the cream-colo'nred flowers are funnel form and the berries are egg-shaped.