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Solomon's seal

Polygonatum odoratum

Angular Solomon's seal, Ladder in heaven (Eng.)

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Solomons Seal first appears in early spring, producing delicate, arching stems with paired oval leaves along their length. The stems soon then sprout dangling, green-tipped, white, bell-like flowers that persist throughout late spring and into the summer. Solomon's Seal is a traditional cottage plant that enjoys woodland conditions and thrives in a cool shady environment, perfect for brightening up a darker corner of your garden. Solomon's Seal holds interest even after flowers have gone with their interesting arching architecture and glossy green foliage.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Spring
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Seeds can be collected from berries, but a laborious process including lengthy stratification result in sporadic and unsuccessful germination.

Propagation

Seed
Solomon's Seal can be grown from seed, but requires a lengthy stratification period over 2 years, and gives a low level of successful germination.
Rhizomes
Delicately dig up and divide the rhizomes in spring. Be careful not to damage the roots when dividing and make sure transplanted sections have viable growing buds.

Special features

Attracts birds
Dark purple to black berries appear towards the end of summer and are soon consumed by local bird life.

Geography

Origin
Europe
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Partial Sun, Full Shade
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Ornamental
It is grown as a garden specimen idea for moist shaded areas.
Medicinal
Polygonatum odoratum is used in traditional Chinese medicine and Traditional Korean medicine, where it is called yùzhú and dunggulle respectively. In Korea, the root of the plant is used to make tea.

Personality

Family
Asparagaceae
Flower colour
, Cream, Green, White
Scent
Mild

Problems

Slugs.
Slugs
Slugs

Companion plants

Plant with shade loving woodland plants like: Hosta, Brunnera and Sweet Woodruff.

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