Dwarf Solomon's Seal to just 6" but spreading with very nice lavender-pink flowers which go well with the gray-green whorled leaves. This rare Yunnan Diana Reeck collection differs from the Nepal form which is typically cultivated. Floden thinks this is closer to pumilum, Wynn-Jones says it's graminifolium.
Very rare Solomon's Seal from NW India which has proven to be evergreen at least in our cool greenhouse. We've not tested it outside but suspect it will be evergreen in mild winters at least. Creamy bells with darker mottling hang beneath the glossy leaves. Loose moist organic soil.
A fine Chinese species which we have seen on several plant hunting trips to China from Guizhou Province to Hubei. So often we have seen the 24"-30" arching out provocatively from a slope alongside the trail with the yellow fall leaves scarcely sheltering the clusters of black fruit held beneath. Has green-tipped white flowers in the spring.
A Tony Avent collection from Korea's Jeju (Cheju) island of this Solomon Seal species. Large green-tipped white bells walk down the aisle underneath the 2' arching stems. Polygonatums are an integral part of the mix in the shade garden and are a great genus to collect as there are lots of species with new ones still being discovered in the wild.
AKA 'Silver Stripe', 'Silver Lining'. This Japanese selection is totally Japanese. Presented in exquisite understatement are the elements of design, function and harmony plus all of those other mysterious criteria which our video-deadened occidental minds cannot begin to grasp but can still appreciate the inclusion. Silver stripes on the leaves.
Another clone of this species formerly placed in P. latifolium and we have to confess that we are not sure what sets this apart from typical P. hirtum so that it merits a clonal name. We are quite fond of the species and are always happy to have another clone. Very glossy leaves on 12" stems with white flowers and dusky blue-black fruit. Zone 5 at least.
We've seen this wee gem in both Bhutan and Sichuan at high elevations @12000' where it mingles in alpine meadows. Open-faced lavender pink flowers at groundlevel followed closely by foliage just a few inches high. Easy in the garden. Who would suspect it's a Solomon's Seal?
This is indeed the king. One of our most coveted plants, this is an especially fine form from our friend Philip MacDougall. This beauty can reach 12' tall with subtle hooks on the leaf tips to help it hang onto neighboring plants. The best thing is the ORANGE flowers in abundance in the leaf axils. Swoon City.
Dwarf Solomon's Seal. This is a grand little creeper spreading to form a very attractive understory to Rhododendrons or taller shade plants. Small white bells simply adds to the charm. Good spreader but not in a bad sense. Really nice.
This is a fun species with green bracts napping the greenish-white flowers and these bracts are quite prominent in this selection by Tony Avent from his 2008 collection in Korea. A shorter species getting a foot or so tall and spreading but not scarily so.
Double Flowered Solomon's Seal. Hard to come by and desireable double form of this excellent garden plant. The extra petals looks like a little green rose when lift one of the dangling white bells and peer inside. It is one of those little surprises that makes the garden so fun.
Really good selection by Tony Avent from a collection on Korea's Jeju Island. This has closely set somewhat rounded leaves on stems that are slightly twisted giving the effect of a spiral staircase. The degree that this is apparent is directly correlated to how misspent and experimental your youth was. White flowers. Rock hardy.
From wild-collected seed in the Russian Far East, this is a lovely form of a widespread species with fairly compact habit and attractive leaves. Very good bloomer with lots of white flowers held beneath the leaves and followed by a good display of blue-black round fruit. Hardy.
A selection by Tony Avent from his collection in Korea and notable for the reddish 18" stems which adds a dash of panache especially when hung with white flowers tipped in green. These are followed by clusters of round black fruit so the show continues.
Rare Solomon's Seal previously offered as P. geminiflorum from Washfield Nursery. It's found in northern India and Sikkim and has long been one of our favorites with an inherent elegance that for us is distilled down to the very essence of style in the small maroon coloring in the leaf axil.
A superb smaller evergreen Solomon Seal from China which we have grown for many years and have come to regard as an indispensable part of the collection - one of the first plants we would grab when the greenhouse catches on fire, perish the thought! Milder gardens, glossy leaves, clustered white flowers and bright ted fruit. Often an epiphyte.
Staggeringly impressive recent introduction of this Solomon Seal species from - wait for it - Vietnam. This is similar to our favorite Polygonatum huanum (formerly as kingianum) but is just more of everything that is good. Large red flowers snug the whorled leaves on stems which this year in the garden reached 15' tall and which remain green for us until temps drop below 20F.
Solomon's Seal. Mighty fine selection and surely one of the very best variegated perennials for shade. Good clean white variegation that illuminates where it is planted. Stunning enough to stand alone with a simple groundcover at its feet or schmoozes easily with other garden glitteratti.
A rarely encountered species from China as you might have guessed from its specific epithet. This is from a wild collection by a plant hunting friend of ours and has proven to be a very good grower. A smaller plant with stems to a foot or less tall with rounded leaves and green-tipped white flowers. This increases fairly quickly becoming a worthy collectible addition in the garden.