A native woodland herbaceous perennial with nodding, greenish-white, bell-shaped flowers hanging in pairs from gracefully arching stems. Flowers are followed by blue-black berries. The placement of the flowers along the stems and the shape of the pendulous flowers distinguishes Solomon’s Seal from false Solomon’s Seal (Maianthemum racemosum) which has feathery, plume-like flowers at the ends of the stems. (We sell both.) Pointed oval light green leaves turn yellow in the fall.
Attracts birds and butterflies.
Prefers rich, loose, moist, humusy soils. Slowly spreads by rhizomes to form colonies in the optimum conditions. Roots do not like to be disturbed, particularly before plant becomes established.
Height: 1-3 ft.
Spread: 1-1.5 ft.
Bloom time: April to May
Sun: part shade to full shade
Water: medium to wet
Typically, deer and rabbit resistant
photo credit: Rob Stoeltje