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Planting Inspiration – Solomon’s Seal

Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum x hybridum) is a lovely perennial plant that can grow up to 2 feet tall.  The flowering stems grow elegantly in a slight arc with delicate white flowers dangling below in clusters of 2-5. 

Solomon’s Seal thrives in light well drained soil, it’s suitable for a shady situation and flowers from April to midsummer.  When the flowers fade blue/black berries appear and gardners must be aware that the berries are inedible and poisonous.

Solomon’s Seal is a superb and valuable addition to any garden and remains eye catching even when not in flower.  Plant with room to spread .  The roots may be divided and transplanted, the best time to do this is in Autumn once it has died back, but you can successfully do it at any time if you take it up with plenty of soil. It is the rhizome root that the plants common name of Solomon’s Seal comes from, a scar is left on the root each year by the stem when it breaks away from the root, this scar resembles the seal of Solomon (Star of David).  You can also tell the age of a plant by the number of seals present on the root.
Solomon’s Seal available to order online from Coblands

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