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Solomon's seal

Polygonatum selections

Solomon's seal

This elegant shade plant has gently arching stems and dangling creamy bells. Solomon's seal adds height and grace to shaded gardens in spring. It's an easy plant to grow, and will slowly colonize -- even in tough areas where shallow tree roots rob moisture and nutrients. The foliage turns golden in fall.

Part Sun,Shade
Plant Type:
Plant Height:
4 inches-6 feet tall, depending on variety
Plant Width:
8 inches-2 feet wide, depending on variety
Flower Color:
White, sometimes pink flowers, depending on variety
Bloom Time:
Blooms in spring
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Fragrant,Fall Color,Cut Flowers,Drought Tolerant,Tolerates Wet Soil,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

(Polygonatum x hybridum) has gently arching stems with dangling pairs or clusters of cream flowers in late spring. The stout rhizomes are drought tolerant and colonize well. It may reach 5 feet tall. Zones 3-8.
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(Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum') has creamy-edged alternate leaves, and usually pairs of hanging creamy bells. It may grow 3 to 4 feet tall, is very drought tolerant, and is hardy in Zones 3-8.
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Plant It With
Bleeding heart

Fringed bleeding hearts gray green fern leaves and dangling heart-shaped flowers (white is most effective) combine well with taller Solomon's seal in light shade.


In shade, the silver-spotted coarse leaves of lungwort make an excellent skirt for Solomon's seal that rises above.


About as tall as common Solomon's seal, columbines bring color and the same grace to their partnership. They enjoy similar conditions and bloom at the same time.


The erect flower stems and robust flowers of Raspberry Regal coral bells combine well in light shade.