Variegated fragrant Solomon's seal

Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum'

Photo/Illustration: 
Kate Geruntho Frank
Photo/Illustration: 
Kate Geruntho Frank
Photo/Illustration: 
Todd Meier
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Variegated fragrant Solomon's seal (Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum')
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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.

Overview

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
Flower Color
White Flower
Foliage Color
Variegated Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers,
Naturalizing
Style
Herb Garden,
Shade,
Woodland Garden,
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Fall Interest
Type
Perennials

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