Plant Care Fairy Wand

Fairy Wand

About Fairy Wand

Fairy-Wand is a native perennial wildflower of eastern North America. It has separate male and female plants with the male flowers being larger and the spike often curved downward from the tip. It is found in rich woods, wet savannas, moist meadows, slopes, and thickets. Preference is for organically rich, moist, acidic, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade.


Chamaelirium luteum

Also known as

devil's-bit, fairy-wand, fairywand, false unicorn, false unicorn-root, helonias, blazing-star and rattlesnake-root

How to care for Fairy Wand


How often to water your Fairy Wand

Water needs for Fairy Wand
0.5 cups
every 9

Fairy Wand needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

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Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Fairy Wand in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Fairy Wand: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Fairy Wand may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Fairy Wand

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Fairy Wand: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Fairy Wand after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Fairy Wand is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for Fairy Wand

Fairy Wand

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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