Polygonatum are delightful perennial plants for the shade garden, whose bold foliage adds a unique texture. Slowly forming dense colonies of arching stems with rows of bell-like flowers that dangle below. The genus has the common name Solomon's seal, after the biblical figure King Solomon. The name Polygonatum is Latin for "many knees" and is named for the knobby rootstock.
More Information About Polygonatum
Polygonatum (Solomon's seal) are delightful and tough perennial plants for the shade garden, whose bold foliage adds a unique texture. Solomon's seal will slowly form dense colonies of architectural arching stems. The stalks are adorned with rows of bell-like flowers that dangle beneath the arching stems.
Polygonatum (Solomon's Seal) Growing Conditions
While polygonatum prefer rich soil and part shade, they are also very tolerant of adverse conditions. When your Solomon's seal clumps are large enough to divide, remember that rhizomes without growing points will not produce any new growth until the following spring. Try pairing your Solomon's Seal with other woodland garden plants such as hosta, carex, aspidistra, woodland phlox, heuchera, and arisaema.
In the video below, Tony Avent demonstrates how to divide polygonatum.