Polygonatum × hybridum

common Solomon's seal

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  • Position: partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average to fast
  • Flowering period: May to June
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    The graceful, arching stems that are clothed in large, dark green, slightly pleated leaves, which each have waxy-blue undersides, are enough to earn this plant its place in the garden. But in early summer, when the stems are strung with clusters of green-tipped, white flowers that hang like little bells, it is simply gorgeous. The flowers are followed by small, black fruit. Solomon's Seal prefers a cool position in a shady spot and looks wonderful in a woodland setting among shade-loving ferns.

  • Garden care:Polygonatum do not like dry soil. Cut the plant down to the ground in autumn. Lift and divide large colonies in early spring, taking care not to damage the young shoots. Apply a mulch of well-rotted leafmould or garden compost in spring.


  • Harmful if eaten

Dryopteris filix-mas

male fern

Ideal for the woodland garden

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Asplenium scolopendrium

hart's tongue fern / horse tongue

A handsome evergreen fern for a shady spot

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Lamprocapnos spectabilis 'Alba'

bleeding heart (syn. Dicentra spectabilis Alba)

Arching sprays of delicate, heart-shaped white flowers

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Pulmonaria 'Sissinghurst White'

lungwort

Pure white flowers green leaves with white spots

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Pulmonaria 'Blue Ensign'

lungwort

Bright blue flowers

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  • Q:

    Is my Polygonatum OK?

    My Polygonatum multiflorum (Solomon's Seal) looks just a pot of earth. It may be that it is too early for the plant to be showing above the soil yet, but I understood it was spring flowering so assumed something would be showing by now.
    Asked on 3/12/2008 by Anonymous

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      The Polygonatum mulitflorum is a herbaceous perennial which die down cvompletely during the winter. Therefore they will not be showing any growth at all at this time of the year. Once they start to grow though (usually around mid to late April), they are pretty fast and will start to flower in early summer from May onwards.

      Answered on 3/12/2008 by Crocus
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