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Polygonatum x hybridum

Common Solomon's seal

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






Skill level


Polygonatum x hybridum

Plant details

Solomon's seal is an old cottage garden plant that appears early in spring, producing graceful, arching stems with precisely paired, oval leaves along their length. These are quickly joined by dangling, green-tipped, white bells that persist throughout late spring and early summer. Plants enjoy woodland conditions, and associate well in a cool, shady, humus-rich border with spring flowers such as corydalis and dicentra. Stems and foliage remain eye-catching even after the flowers are over. Solomon's seal also looks superb with hardy ferns to create a combination that lasts all summer. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Asparagaceae

Genus: Polygonatum

Species: x hybridum

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 125cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

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