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PlantFiles: Dwarf Solomon's Seal
Polygonatum humile

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Polygonatum (po-lig-oh-NAY-tum) (Info)
Species: humile (HEW-mil-ee) (Info)

Synonym:Polygonatum humillimum

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Gabrielle On Jul 19, 2011, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

A cute little plant. Seems to need a moister, shadier location than some other Polygonatums or it will go dormant. Blooms in May in my garden.

Positive wendymadre On May 15, 2011, wendymadre from Petersburg, VA wrote:

Zone 7A, Petersburg, Virginia: A gardening friend divided her plants and gave me several clumps a couple of years ago. They have successfully spread and are thriving, even near the roots of a large red Japanese maple, where it was hard to get a shovel into the ground to make a planting hole. It is a lovely groundcover near hostas and brunnera.

Positive bookreportgrid On May 15, 2008, bookreportgrid from Maineville, OH wrote:

Bought it 2 years ago, left it in the pot over winter (because I'm lazy and didn't plant it). It came back the next spring, got planted near the fall. Came back again this year, and it's absolutely a charming groundcover. I plan on buying more of it, if I can find it.

Positive Malus2006 On Apr 8, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

For some reason this easy to grow plant are still difficult to find in the plant trade. For me, it grows in a good groundcover. It also make a good edge plant in woodland shade.

They will spread like crazy so don't plant near other small plants that they will overshadows or steal water and nutrients from. You will get plenty of those in three years if there are no heavy competitions! Will grow part shade to woodland shade - doesn't seem to behave any different when you put them in those two different type of shadows.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Saint Joseph, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Taylorsville, Kentucky
Foxboro, Massachusetts
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Salem, Massachusetts
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota (2 reports)
Big Sandy, Montana
Helena, Montana
Boone, North Carolina
Garner, North Carolina
Maineville, Ohio
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Leesburg, Virginia (2 reports)
University Place, Washington

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