Genus: Solomon's seal

Polygonatum

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
Solomon's seal (Polygonatum)
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Liliaceae
These rhizomatous perennials are well suited to woodlands, shady borders, and rock gardens. Most species are cultivated for the arching foliage that has distinctive, parallel-veined leaves. The pendulous flowers are tubular and usually hang from the underside of the stem; most are followed by spherical black or red fruits. Some species are native to North America. All parts of the plant may cause irritation if ingested.
Noteworthy characteristics:  The foliage is comprised of rhythmic leaves that create exceptional texture when mingled with neighboring plants. 
Care:  Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full to partial shade.
Propagation: 

Sow seed in autumn in a cold frame; divide in autumn or spring.

Problems: 

Slugs, sawfly larvae.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Polygonatum

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Small Solomon's seal
Polygonatum biflorum
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Solomon's seal
Polygonatum humile
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Fragrant Solomon’s seal
Polygonatum odoratum
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Variegated fragrant Solomon's seal
Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum'