Solomon's seal

Polygonatum humile

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Solomon's seal (Polygonatum humile)
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Genus:  Polygonatum
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 Characteristics:  Pendent, tubular white flowers in late spring. Grows in full shade.
Care:  Full or partial shade and fertile, organically rich, moist but well-drained soil.
Propagation:  Divide in autumn or when growth begins in spring (take care not to damage young shoots). Sow seed in a cold frame in autumn.  
Problems:  Slugs and sawfly larvae.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Runs
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Bloom Time
Late Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
White
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Rock Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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