Fragrant Solomon’s seal

Polygonatum odoratum

Polygonatum odoratum var. pluriflorum 'Variegatum'
Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Fragrant Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum odoratum)
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Synonyms:  P. officinale
Genus:  Polygonatum
From late spring to early summer, this species bears pendent, green-tipped white flowers along arching stems. These mature into spherical black fruit in autumn, when the foliage turns yellow.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  These rhizomatous perennials are well suited to woodlands, naturalized areas, shady borders, and rock gardens. All parts of the plant may cause irritation if ingested.
Care:  Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full to partial shade.
Propagation:  Sow seed in autumn in a cold frame; divide plants in autumn or spring.
Problems:  Slugs, sawfly larvae.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Spring,
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
White
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers,
Naturalizing
Style
Herb Garden,
Shade,
Rock Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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