Polygonatum multiflorum Solomon's Seal
solomon's seal, polygonatum multiflorum for the shade garden
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Solomon's Seal is a close relative of the Lily of the Valley and was formerly assigned to the same genus (Convallaria, but now Liliaceae), with several similar species that are native to North America, northern Europe and Siberia, and cultivated as popular garden ornamentals. The hardy perennial has stems of three feet in height that finally curve gracefully and bear pale green, oval leaves and drooping clusters of creamy white flowers, followed by blue-black berries. It thrives in light, well drained, moist, humus-rich soil in partial shade or in sun (preferring forests) with a cool root run.