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Solomon's seal

Polygonatum

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.

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Part Sun, Shade

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Height:

Under 6 inches to 8 feet

Width:

8 inches-2 feet wide, depending on variety

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Zones:

3-9

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more varieties for Solomon's seal

Common Solomon's seal
Common Solomon's seal
(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.
Variegated fragrant Solomon's seal
Variegated fragrant Solomon's seal
(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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Lungwort
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Columbine
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Coralbells
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