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Solomons Seal



Scientific Name     

Polygonatum biflorum    Walter Elliott

Family Name

liliaceae  (Lily family)

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Characteristics: 

Habitat: 

moist woods, thickets and roadsides

Plant Height: 

40+ cm tall, erect to arching, single stems from base

Flower Color: 

green

Flower: 

6 united tepals forming long (1.5+cm long) tube; 6 stamens adnate to corolla tube, opposite tepals; superior ovary

Inflorescence: 

drooping axillary clusters of 1-5 (typically 2) flowers having long peduncules

Fruit: 

few-seeded berries; deep blue to purple

Leaves: 

alternate; sessile; entire; conspicuously parallel-veined; glabrous on both sides

Bloom Time: 

May-July

Origins: 

native

Other: 

leaf scar said to resemble official seal of King Solomon; Native Americans used rhizome as food; also called Smooth Solomon's Seal to distinguish between Hairy Solomon's Seal, P. pubescens