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Polygonatum multiflorum (Solomon's seal)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.2m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Polygonatum multiflorum

Other names

Solomon's seal

Genus

Polygonatum Polygonatum

Species

P. multiflorum - P. multiflorum is an herbaceous perennial with arching stems and bright-green, elliptic leaves. In early summer, it bears white, bell-shaped flowers that are suspended beneath its leaves.


Polygonatum multiflorum is: Deciduous

Habit

Arching, Clump-forming

Toxicity

Careful: All parts cause severe discomfort if eaten.

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Bright-green in Spring; Bright-green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Sawflies , Slugs Sawflies , Slugs

General care

Pruning

Cut back to the base in late autumn.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Polygonatum multiflorum (Solomon's seal) will reach a height of 1.2m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Flower Arranging, Low Maintenance, Underplanting, Wildflower, Wildlife, Woodland

Cultivation

Plant in any fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in full or semi-shade. Drought tolerant.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade

Aspect

North, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Polygonatum multiflorum

Other names

Solomon's seal

Genus

Polygonatum Polygonatum

Species

P. multiflorum - P. multiflorum is an herbaceous perennial with arching stems and bright-green, elliptic leaves. In early summer, it bears white, bell-shaped flowers that are suspended beneath its leaves.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Arching, Clump-forming

Toxicity

Careful: All parts cause severe discomfort if eaten.


Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Bright-green in Spring; Bright-green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Sawflies , Slugs

General care

Pruning

Cut back to the base in late autumn.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Polygonatum multiflorum (Solomon's seal) will reach a height of 1.2m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Flower Arranging, Low Maintenance, Underplanting, Wildflower, Wildlife, Woodland

Cultivation

Plant in any fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in full or semi-shade. Drought tolerant.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade

Aspect

North, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

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