Polygonatum prattii

Dwarf Chinese Solomon's Seal

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Item #: 8603

Zones: 5a to 7b, at least

Dormancy: Winter

Height: 8" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: China

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

I first encountered this charming dwarf Solomon's seal in 1996 near Zhongdian, China at the sub-alpine elevation of 12,500'. Polygonatum prattii is a miniature Solomon's seal that forms a small clump of 6-8" tall stems adorned with tiny leaves and, in early spring, with equally tiny dark purple flowers. Polygonatum prattii is a must for detail-oriented rock gardeners with a taste for esoteric and cute, but is essentially worthless for big-picture Olmsted wannabes.