Polygonatum odoratum Variegatum
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Polygonatum odoratum Variegatum

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Common Name: Solomon's Seal
Hardiness Zone: 4-8S/9W Exposure: Part Shade to Shade
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Blooms In: May-Jun
Mature Height: 24" Spacing: 12-18"
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Reaching 2' tall, Polygonatum odoratum Variegatum blooms in May and June with small white flowers, usually in pairs, that dangle beneath the variegated leaves. Their sweet perfume is, to our nose, a cross between Lilies and Hyacinths and is strongest on warm, still evenings. The creamy edges of the leaves glow in soft light and combine readily with a wide range of others shade lovers, including Ferns, Hostas, and Mertensia. Provide a shady spot with moisture-retentive soil, and you can count on many years of this elegant perennial.

The genus Polygonatum is native to North America and Asia and includes 60-plus species, most of them producing long, graceful, unbranched shoots from fleshy rhizomes. These arching stems with alternate leaves create a charming effect in the shade garden and bear white, bell-shaped flowers followed by dark blue fruits.

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The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


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Average Customer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (4 Reviews) Write a Review

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Hoping and waiting

I ordered three of these last spring and settled them in a shady spot. The roots varied in size. There was some growth last year but not much. This year, in May, one of the three plants is about 12 inches tall and has a few flower buds. This seems fine to me. The other two are very spindly and anemic looking and are only a couple of inches tall. I doubt they will flower this year—maybe in the third year?

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I planted several bare roots of the variegated Solomon Seal in March. They quickly grew foliage and within a few weeks they flowered. They are planted in shaded area (some dappled light some parts of the day) and planted with autumn ferns, hellebores, and pink impatience, in front of azaleas, hydrangeas, and rhododendron at the edge of a woodland. They are very pretty and interesting looking. I definitely plan to plant more in the future.

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So drought-hardy

We had a drought in southeast PA last summer. These plants did beautifully, while other plants required much watering. Give them room to spread along the edge of the woods or set among established shaded forest, and you'll fall in love with their faithful return every year.

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Beautiful Foliage All Summer

My plants came from WFF over 10 years ago, and have now naturalized under leggy rhododendrons. Elegant foliage all summer; deer leave it alone. Really lights up a shady spot.

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Latin Name Pronunciation: po-lig-oh-nay'tum 

Deep, moisture-retentive soil is ideal, but plants can compete with tree roots if well watered until established. May be slow to emerge in spring.

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