Solomons Seal – Polygantum Biflorum
Solomon's Seal - Polygonatum
Solomon's Seal plants are beautiful additions to any garden. These spectacular plants tend to add rich texture and depth to any floral garden arrangement. These green plants are best grown in zones 3 to 8 or even 9. As a perennial, the steady growth speed of Solomon's Seal assures many years of enjoyment. In early spring, newer green shoots reach upwards and tend to bend over. Closely clumped together clusters of glorious stalk displays reveal green to bluish-green and even gray/purple-tinged foliage. This adds a bit of framework, or architectural structure, to an otherwise flattened garden scene.
This stunning showcase plant arches over more delicate smaller plants providing welcome shade relief and intriguing shadows. In spring, bell-shaped white or pink flowers dangle enticingly under curved green wands of delightful leafy clusters. It is not unusual to see these plants under tall shade trees, and they are best planted in areas prone to dapple effect sunlight. The fragrant flowers eventually turn into small berries colored purple to black. While the berries should not be eaten by humans, they draw in nearby wildlife species creating a spectacular nature habitat.
Most varieties of familiar Solomon's Seal grow from under 6 inches to 3 feet tall. Their spread width is approximately 2 feet, and they spread via underground stem systems that can be dug-up easily to transplant elsewhere. It is not hard to imagine these unique plants growing along an ancient river in an exotic locale. The color changes through the seasons keep this plant a focal point in any garden or floral arrangement. In fall, the foliage turns into brilliant golden shades that lend an authentic backdrop for any nearby flowers or plant life. Like many woodland plants, Solomon's Seal thrives in organically rich soils with plenty of available moisture. These plants are used to create interesting garden variations or potted container displays.
Solomon's Seal is an herb with a long and rich history. It is easily identifiable with smooth textured leaves and late spring blooming foliage. It is closely related to Lily of the Valley. A lovely woodland perennial, Solomon Seal is a native of Europe and North America. Its large and broad leaves grow in an alternate pattern atop drooping clusters of tiny tubular flowers. An easy to grow a plant that must be controlled to prevent invasiveness.