smooth Solomon’s seal
The plant is said to possess scars on the rhizome that resembles the ancient Hebrew seal of King Solomon.
Polygonatum biflorum (smooth solomon seal) are clusters of small white green flowers droop from the stalks and later produce small blue berries. The zig zag arching talks are from 1-5 feet long. Nodding, greenish-white tubular flowers hang in pairs from the axils of the oval, veined leaves. Root are consumed by mammals and berries by birds. Native Americans consumed the starch rich rhizomes of smooth Solomon’s seal as a “potato-like food” use 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|
|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)|
|Attracts Wildlife||Provides Food for Birds, Attracts Pollinators,|
|Additional Information||Native to Chicago Region.|
|Location in Lurie Garden||East Dark Plate, Southwest Dark Plate|