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Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum' (Variegated fragrant Solomon's seal)

Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum' Photo/Illustration: Kate Geruntho Frank


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum' pol-ig-on-AY-tum oh-dor-AY-tum Common Name: Variegated fragrant Solomon's seal Genus: Polygonatum
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 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.
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
Foliage Color Variegated Foliage
Flower Color White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Naturalizing
Style Shade, Herb Garden, Rock Garden, Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Perennials

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