A native woodland plant with feathery masses of small, creamy white, fragrant flowers produced in flat panicles at the ends of gracefully arching stems. Flowers are followed by berries that turn from green to ruby red or speckled reddish purple. The placement of the flowers at the ends of the stems and the plumy shape of the flowers distinguishes false Solomon’s Seal from Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum) which has nodding bell-shaped flowers along the length of the flower stalk. (We sell both.) Pointed oval light green leaves turn yellow in the fall.
Prefers rich, loose, moist, humusy soils. Spreads by thick rhizomes, often forming large colonies in the wild. Roots do not like to be disturbed, particularly before plant becomes established.
Height: 2-3 ft.
Spread: 1.5-2 ft.
Growth rate: 6-9″ in two years; 15-24″ in five years
Bloom time: April to May
Sun: part shade
Typically, deer and rabbit resistant
photo credit: Cephas