Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Shade Plant of the Week - Solomon's Seal

Solomon's Seal or Polygonatum commutatum is a shade plant that is also a native wildflower of Wisconsin.  It grows to be about 3-7 feet tall, and makes a great back of the border plant.  In the spring it has small white, bell shaped flowers that remind me of lily of the valley (it is in the lily family).  It takes a while to establish, but once it does it slowly creeps via tubers underground.  In the fall the plant has small blue colored berries which cannot be eaten.  I have the variegated variety (see below).

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