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 biflorum dwarf form

Polygonatum biflorum dwarf form£6.00

A dwarf form of one of the common American solomon's seals. Slightly pleated green leaves and clusters of cream bells with jade green tips. Scented. Decent soil in shade. 40cm.


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Polygonatum multiflorum

Polygonatum multiflorum£4.50

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 orientale F&S364

Polygonatum orientale F&S364£5.50

An excellent low growing Solomon's Seal with crisp green foliage and bright cream and jade green flared flowers in spring. Top plant. 30cm. Good soil in shade. Collected in the Elburz by Furze and Synge.


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Polygonatum stewartianum

Polygonatum stewartianum£5.00

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 x hybridum 'Betburg'

Polygonatum x hybridum 'Betburg'£7.50

A desirable form with strong purple flushed new growth which fades towards green by the time the clean green and white flowers appear. A good grower for good soil in shade. 60cm.


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Polygonatum x hybridum 'Striatum'

Polygonatum x hybridum 'Striatum'£5.00

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


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Polygonatum x hybridum 'Weihenstephan'

Polygonatum x hybridum 'Weihenstephan'£6.50

A vigorous Solomon's Seal that makes statuesque clumps of greyish green leaves and chunky hanging white flowers tipped jade green in late spring. Part shade or shade, decent soil. 90cm.


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Polygonatum zanlanscianense

Polygonatum zanlanscianense£6.00

Elegant arching stems with whorls of narrow leaves equipped with tendril-tips that allow the plant to scramble. Clusters of purple flushed flowers in late spring. 1.2m. Shade.


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