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Variegated fragrant Solomon’s seal

Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum'

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Gracefully arching 2 to 3-foot tall burgundy stems support narrow leaves streaked in pure white. From late spring to early summer, this species bears white flowers that mature into spherical black fruit in autumn, when the foliage turns a golden yellow. Variegated Solomon's seal is a fine choice for a shady bed. – Matt Griswold, Regional Picks: Northeast, Fine Gardening issue #27

Noteworthy CharacteristicsThese rhizomatous perennials are well suited to woodlands, naturalized areas, shady borders, and rock gardens. All parts of the plant may cause irritation if ingested.

CareGrow 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.

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