smooth Solomon’s seal

Polygonatum biflorum (smooth Solomon’s seal) is a spring flower that has clusters of small greenish-white tubular flowers hanging from the stalks and later produces small blue berries.

Native Americans consumed the starch-rich rhizomes of smooth Solomon’s seal as a “potato-like food” used to make soups and bread. The young shoots are also edible, raw or boiled for an asparagus-like food.

Botanical Name Polygonatum biflorum
Common Name smooth Solomon’s seal
Family Asparagaceae
USDA Zone 3 thru 8
Light Requirement Part Shade to Full Shade
Season(s) of interest spring, summer, fall, winter
Height and Spread 1-3ft x 1-1.5ft (30-90cm x 30-45cm)
Flower Color Greenish-White
Attracts Wildlife Provides Food for Birds, Attracts Pollinators,
Additional Information Native to Chicago Region.
Location in Lurie Garden East Dark Plate, Southwest Dark Plate

Average Flowering Time