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Polygonatum odoratum

Solomon’s Seal
Liliaceae
Perennials

POLYGONATUM

Graceful wooodland plants as lovely in leaf as they are in flower. Slowly spreading rhizomes send up arching stems clothed in bright green, broadly oval leaves arranged in nearly horizontal planes. Where leaves join stems, pairs or clusters of small, bell-shaped greenish white flowers appear in spring or early summer, hanging beneath the stems on threadlike stalks. Small blue-black berries may follow flowers. Leaves and stems turn bright yellow in autumn before plant dies to the ground. Attractive in woodland gardens.

Grow in loose, woodsy soil. Can remain in place for years; to increase your plantings, dig rhizomes from clump edges in early spring and replant. Good in containers.

Polygonatum odoratum

Native to Europe and Asia. Grows to 1 1/2–3 1/2 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide, with 4–6-in. leaves. Flowers are fragrant, usually borne in pairs but sometimes singly.

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