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Solomons Seal
Polygonatum biflorum
Uses: Medicinal Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 5-6)
When to Sow: Late Summer/Early Fall Ease of Germination: Difficult
An elegant relative of the Lily of the Valley, this woodland native produces arched stems with hanging clusters of fragrant white-green coloured flowers that bloom from April through June. Flowers transition to blue colored poinous berries later in the fall. In fact, every part of this plant is poisonous except for the root and young shoots. Some say its name originates from its ancient seal like markings on its roots placed there by King Solomon himself after obtaining wisdom of its value. Interestingly enough, you can estimate the age of the plant by counting the root seal markings that appear every year. Knowledge of its medicinal value has been well established since ancient times. Solomons seal is mainly praised for its wound healing properties, used in traditional medicine to repair joint, ligaments and other connective tissues as well as offer pain relief when applied topically. It also helps repair gastrointestinal inflammation and is believed to regulate feminine conditions such as excessive bleeding during menstruation. The young shoots are eaten as a vegetable in Turkey. Must be planted in the shade with room to spread its creeping rootstocks. Prefers moist, rich, well draining soils. Deer resistant. Ht 30-90cm.
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