Height: 12-18 in. (30-45 cm) 18-24 in. (45-60 cm) 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
Spacing: 18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F) USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F) 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)
Sun Exposure: Partial to Full Shade
Danger: Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: White/Near White
Bloom Time: Mid Spring Late Spring/Early Summer
Foliage: Grown for foliage Herbaceous Smooth-Textured
Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets) From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
Seed Collecting: Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
On Apr 23, 2013, rgladney from Mer Rouge, LA wrote:
Got a start of this plant from my sister in Pennsylvania, planted it in my shady, moist bed along with ferns and lily of the valley, in Mer Rouge, Louisiana and it is doing well! Add Louisiana to the list of places it will grow!!!!
On Apr 16, 2012, FlyPoison from Rock Hill, SC wrote:
Excellent native woodland plant that handles heat & drought in these parts very well. A great companion is the Great Solomon's Seal(Polygonatum commutatum). Birds love the fruit and they provide nice woodland interest from early spring to late fall.
On Jan 5, 2011, gardeningfun from Harpersfield, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:
Planted in heavy clay, tons of water - it thrives here! But it hasn't spread all over. It is a nice size clump, but isn't taking over at all. So I recommend planting it in heavy clay if you don't want it to spread. Starts to come up in April and lasts for a long time! I love it!
On May 16, 2010, jleigh from Ballston Lake, NY (Zone 5a) wrote:
I've been looking for this plant for a while... recently while on a hike in the Adirondacks I saw a large patch growing (in the wild). It's good to know that when/if I find some available for trade/purchase it will do well in my woodland garden.
On Apr 30, 2010, Gundy03130 from Saint Paul, MN wrote:
Brooklyn Park/St. Paul,MN
I received a small clump of this plant from a friend and put them in my parent's yard in Brooklyn Park, MN. I put it in full sun/sandy soil, not knowing at the time what the name of the plant was. This was a late Spring transfer. The first year I didn't think it was going to make it. The following year it came back and spread. Every year it spreads and I have to give some away otherwise it takes over. I brought some to my house last year (St. Paul), put it in shade and it's taken off. Need to split again!
A friend gave me a start of Soloman's Seal this spring. I was very excited to see the beginnings of blooms. Yesterday we had a terrible storm with hail and high winds. Two stalks were broken down. I thought about sticking them into the ground just to see if they would root, but decided to make a clean cut and put them in a vase of water. Am I wasting my time? I really hated to toss them.
On May 1, 2009, hart from Shenandoah Valley, VA wrote:
Wow, one woman's trash is another woman's treasure. I love this plant. The variegated leaves are beautiful and the delicate flowers are charming.
It certainly hasn't been invasive for me at all. I have a still very small clump from a plant that was planted three years ago. It's in shade but in a fairly dry spot which I'm sure slows down spreading some.
On May 17, 2008, allgaul from Cherry Hill, NJ wrote:
I was given a few clumps of this plant about 5 years or so ago. It was VERY slow to take off in my NJ shade areas. Just last year it make a nice clump and started to spread. I divided the clump into 5 or 6 individual plants and replanted throughout my shady area. I am hoping that each will start to make a clump, it is one of my favorite early spring perennials! It is planted with hosta, dwarf astilbe, sweet woodruff and ferns. I didn't know the name of it until I came here today to see if I could find it somehow! Yay!
On May 16, 2008, lemurianne from Ida Grove, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:
I hate this plant! It is EVERYWHERE in my yard -- sun, shade, nestled among tree roots, under my sidewalk(!), everywhere! Highly invasive and not especially attractive, I'd definitely suggest caution to anyone thinking about planting this. At the back or in the middle of perennial beds it isn't so bad, but it won't stay there! Everywhere that I've dug to plant this Spring has been infested with polygonatum biflorum's huge rhizomes. I'd pay money to be rid of it.
On May 23, 2005, CatskillKarma from West Kill, NY wrote:
Solomon's seal grow's wild everywhere here in the Catskills. The biflorum part of the species name is because the flowers of true Solomon's Seal grow in pairs along the leaf axils. I have some of the giant cultivar (3-4 ft) variety growing in a shady seating area in my yard as a memorial to my late pet Rhodesian Ridgeback Solomon. It is in bloom now, at the same time as some bleeding heart, which complements it well. Grows well with ferns and hostas, too.The area is shaded by swamp maples.
On Oct 31, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:
A neighbor gave me a couple starts several years ago. I planted them in a moist shady spot and they've taken off like they've always been there. No special treatment, no real care. And it's beautiful in flower, foliage and even fall color!
Hi - responding from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada - Solomon's Seal transplanted well and is spreading like a much-desired weed in our shady, moist garden. Just finished blooming in fact. Can't wait to see what happens with it next season!
On May 2, 2001, kat7 from Bloomingdale, NJ (Zone 6a) wrote:
regal shade plant with slender arching stems that bear beautiful ovate-veined light green foliage. Small white tubular flowers dangle gracefully all along the stems in late spring and early summer.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Montevallo, Alabama Morrilton, Arkansas Loyola, California Old Lyme, Connecticut Talleyville, Delaware Cordele, Georgia Marietta, Georgia Woodstock, Georgia Divernon, Illinois Evanston, Illinois Washington, Illinois Wheaton, Illinois Bloomington, Indiana Ida Grove, Iowa Olathe, Kansas Overbrook, Kansas Hebron, Kentucky Melbourne, Kentucky Mer Rouge, Louisiana Finksburg, Maryland Friendly, Maryland Westminster, Maryland Beverly, Massachusetts Foxborough, Massachusetts Hingham, Massachusetts Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts Mashpee, Massachusetts Ocean Grove, Massachusetts Quincy, Massachusetts Salem, Massachusetts Wellfleet, Massachusetts Bay City, Michigan Grand Haven, Michigan Royal Oak, Michigan Bloomington, Minnesota Bowlus, Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota St Paul, Minnesota Woodland, Minnesota Brunswick, Missouri Eunice, Missouri Moberly, Missouri Piedmont, Missouri Warrensburg, Missouri Lincoln, Nebraska Madbury, New Hampshire Barclay-kingston, New Jersey Frenchtown, New Jersey Metuchen, New Jersey North Plainfield, New Jersey , New York (2 reports) Blossvale, New York Buffalo, New York (2 reports) Cayuga Heights, New York Country Knolls, New York Fairport, New York Ogdensburg, New York Syracuse, New York Wading River, New York West Kill, New York Boone, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina Coshocton, Ohio Geneva, Ohio Glouster, Ohio Hilliard, Ohio North Olmsted, Ohio Silver Lake, Ohio Gregory, Oklahoma Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Sulphur, Oklahoma Tulsa, Oklahoma Bellefonte, Pennsylvania Laflin, Pennsylvania Hope Valley, Rhode Island Conway, South Carolina India Hook, South Carolina Fairview, Tennessee Murfreesboro, Tennessee Newport, Tennessee Fort Valley, Virginia Leesburg, Virginia Lexington, Virginia Merrimac, Virginia Chimacum, Washington Seattle, Washington Brice Prairie, Wisconsin Prairie Du Sac, Wisconsin