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botanical name:
Polygonatum curvistylum
Polygonatum curvistylum © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Solomon's seal
family:  Asparagaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 0.60m
width: 0.45m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: arching
leaf colour: green
flower colour: mauve
fruit colour: red
stem/bark: bronze
main season: Spring
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
aspect: part shade, shade
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: neutral
minimum temp: -35°C
USDA zone: 4 to 8
description:
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.

cultivation:
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.

propagation:
By division in early spring or seed in autumn. Seeds can be very slow to germinate.

usage:
Woodland gardens and shady borders.

other notes:
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

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