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Polygonatum humile

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Polygonatum humile is an upright, rhizomatous perennial native to eastern Europe and western Asia. Ovate leaves are arranged alternately on the stems. Pendent, tubular white flowers hang like little bells from the leaf axils, followed by round bluish-black fruit. Grow in a shady border, rock garden, or woodland.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsPendent, tubular white flowers in late spring. Grows in full shade.

CareFull or partial shade and fertile, organically rich, moist but well-drained soil.

PropagationDivide in autumn or when growth begins in spring (take care not to damage young shoots). Sow seed in a cold frame in autumn.  

ProblemsSlugs and sawfly larvae.

  • Genus : Polygonatum
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Bloom Time : Late Spring, Spring
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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