From late spring into summer, this species bears tubular greenish-white flowers that dangle underneath the arching stems. The foliage is smooth; in autumn it turns to clear yellow, contrasting with the blue-black berries this plant produces. Its height varies wildly from 1.5 to 6 feet tall.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsAll parts of the plant may cause irritation if ingested. Native to the eastern U.S.
CareGrow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full to partial shade.
PropagationSow seed in autumn in a cold frame; divide plants in autumn or spring.
ProblemsSlugs, sawfly larvae.
- Genus : Polygonatum
- Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
- Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
- Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
- Uses : Ground Covers, Shade
- Maintenance : Low
- Moisture : Medium Moisture
- Growth Rate : Moderate
- Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
- Plant Type : Perennials
- Characteristics : Showy Fruit
- Bloom Time : Spring
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
- Flower Color : White