A genus comprising about sixty species, well
distributed over the temperate regions of the
Of graceful habit, a number are worthy additions
to the flower border.
Polygonatum multiflorum has gracefully arching
stems up to three feet high, the exterior clothed
its entire length with elegant oblong leaves,
four or five inches long, beneath which hang the
drooping tubular flowers of white, about an inch
It is a native of Europe and Asia. Better is the
hybrid (Polygonatum x hybridum) of this and Polygonatum
odoratum (Polygonatum officinale).
Polygonatum biflorum, one to three feet, is of
similar height and finds its home amid the wooded
It has the characteristic gracefully arching habit
and bears its greenish-white flowers, two or three
in a cluster, in the leaf axils.
Polygonatum verticullatum carries its leaves in
whorls, with flowers of greenish-white borne in
bunches of three in the leaf axils; they are followed
by red fruit.
Propagate by division or from seed.
The flowering season is in spring.
Polygonatum – Solomon’s Seal
Eighteen inches to two feet.
Flowers white, in June.
A native British plant, closely allied to the
Lily of the Valley.
It has broad leaves, and bending spires of creamy
It is naturally a woodland plant,
and in the garden will stand a good deal of shade.
The soil should be loamy ad moist.
Plant the roots in October, and leave undisturbed
for several years.