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Small Solomon’s seal

Polygonatum biflorum

From late spring into summer, this species bears tubular greenish-white flowers that dangle underneath the arching stems. The foliage is smooth; in autumn it turns to clear yellow, contrasting with the blue-black berries this plant produces. Its height varies wildly from 1.5 to 6 feet tall.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsAll parts of the plant may cause irritation if ingested. Native to the eastern U.S.

CareGrow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full to partial shade.

PropagationSow seed in autumn in a cold frame; divide plants in autumn or spring.

ProblemsSlugs, sawfly larvae.

  • Genus : Polygonatum
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Uses : Ground Covers, Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Fruit
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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