Solomon's seal

Polygonatum hirtum

Solomon's seal - Polygonatum hirtum

Common Name: Solomon's seal
Genus: Polygonatum
Species: hirtum

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.75 m (75 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shadeSpread: 0.50 m (50 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Green, White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: April & May

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained


In early spring strongly arching stems emerge bearing deep green glossy leaves. Later in spring small clusters of green-tipped white flowers appear and dangle like elongated pearls where the leaves join the stems. These are followed by bluish-black berries. It is a variable plant that is ideal in a woodland setting nestled amongst ferns, epimediums and hostas. Generally undemanding and easy to grow it prefers a spot with dappled shade however it will cope with more sun in cooler climates.

  • Garden care: Cut the plant down to the ground in autumn. Lift and divide large colonies in early spring taking care not to damage the young shoots. Apply a mulch of well-rotted leafmould or garden compost in spring.

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