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© Deeproot Plant Base
common name: Solomon's seal
poisonous or irritant
part shade, shade
preferred soil pH: neutral
minimum temp: -35°C
USDA zone: 4 to 8
Creeping rhizomes produce slender, arching, dark bronzy stems carrying whorls of narrow, often purple tinted, leaves and in early summer, pendent clusters of small bell-like, mauve flowers. Translucent red berries with 3 to 7 seeds follow in early autumn.
Moist, well drained, fertile soil in part or full shade. May take a couple of years to establish properly and perform well, so its best to leave them undisturbed after planting. Can suffer badly from sawfly caterpillar.
By division in early spring or seed in autumn. Seeds can be very slow to germinate.
Woodland gardens and shady borders.
From woodlands of China.
The berries and other parts of the plant are mildly poisonous, causing vomiting and diarrhea.
pronounced: po-lig-oh-NAA-tum kur-vee-STY-lum