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Polygonatum

Solomon's Seal

Solomon's Seal and his relatives with lots of variety for shady places, even quite dry for some of them. Addictive if you like subtle green and brown plants with a bit of pink!

As you will see from a quick browse many of the Polygonatums look very different to the common cottage garden plant.  This doesn't make them difficult to grow or needing different conditions, some of the narrow leafed species (particularly Polygonatum verticillatum) are actually easier to grow!  You may also find that the narrow leafed forms are much less susceptible to the dreaded grey caterpillars of Solomon's Seal Sawfly.

The ideal conditions for moist forms are a good, humousy, soil that doesn't dry out in shade.  Having said that the tougher species will grow in a much wider range of condidtions and will take summer drought in their stride as they die down by midsummer to re-emerge the following spring.

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Polygonatum aff. verticillatum CLD1308

Polygonatum aff. verticillatum CLD1308£5.00

Upright red stippled stems with narrow, yellowish green, leaflets in whorls and clumps of straw-yellow flowers with green tips and red markings. Each leaf is equipped with a tendril on its tip.


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Polygonatum filipes

Polygonatum filipes£5.50

A striking species with greyish green leaves and lots of large creamy bells with jade tips below the arching stems in late spring and early summer. Good, drained, soil in shade. 75cm.


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Polygonatum hirtum

Polygonatum hirtum£3.50

A low growing Solomon's Seal relative with downy growth to 25cm and lots of white bells from green buds in spring. A good doer soon making a good clump in a shady border with reasonable soil.


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Polygonatum humile

Polygonatum humile£4.00

A dwarf species with fresh green foliage and pendent white flowers with green tips in spring followed by black berries. 20cm. Good, leafy soil in shade.


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Polygonatum maximowiczii

Polygonatum maximowiczii£4.50

A robust species close to the common P. odoratum this produces strong arching stems to 90cm dripping with relatively large white bells with jade-green tips in late spring. Good soil in shade.


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Polygonatum multiflorum

Polygonatum multiflorum£4.00

The classic "solomons seal". Tall arching stems with generous green-white bells in late spring. Best in decent soil in shade. 75cm.


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Polygonatum odoratum 'Ussuriland'

Polygonatum odoratum 'Ussuriland'£5.50

An excellent, vigorous and floriferous selection collected in Russia in 1996 by the late Michael Wickenden. Grey green leaves and large creamy flowers in April/May. 90cm. Good soil in shade.


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Polygonatum roseum

Polygonatum roseum£4.00

Slow and low growing this species has narrow leaves on short stems to 15cm topped with clusters of narrow sugar-pink bells in spring. Good woodsy soil in shade.


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Polygonatum stewartianum

Polygonatum stewartianum£4.00

A rare woodlander with whorls of green foliage on stems to 45cm. Creamy flowers are followed by red fruits. Good soil in shade.


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Polygonatum verticillatum

Polygonatum verticillatum£4.00

Upright stems with whorls of narrow leaves to 90cm. The clusters of narrow flowers appear in the leaf axils higher up the stems in late spring. Good, woodsy, soil in shade. Less attractive to sawfly.


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Polygonatum verticillatum 'Rubrum'

Polygonatum verticillatum 'Rubrum'£6.00

Whorls of narrow leaves on slender stems to about 60cm. Smallish green bell-like flowers in late spring. The flowers and stems are often spotted reddish purple and the foliage has a purple flush when young. Late to emerge. Good, woodland soil in shade.


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Polygonatum verticillatum wild coll.

Polygonatum verticillatum wild coll.£10.00

Collected by Richard Hobbs.


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Polygonatum x hybridum 'Striatum'

Polygonatum x hybridum 'Striatum'£3.50

Cream striped foliage and typical green tinted white bells in spring. Good woodsy soil in shade. 40cm. Deciduous.


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