It's time to vote on our 2017 photo contest! Vote for your favorite photos of the year here!

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
View this plant in a garden



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Leesburg, Virginia (2 reports)

University Place, Washington

show all

Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.


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.