Solomon's seal plants prefer soil that remains evenly moist but not soggy. Thank you for the amazingly detailed pix and descriptions. I do wonder who’s eaten how many and what the effect was. False Solomon’s seal produces creamy white flowers in fluffy clusters at the ends of the stems in spring. [3] Polygonatum, also known as Solomon's seal or King Solomon's seal, is a herb that is native to North America. We have lots of Solomon’s Seal here in Finland. Please reload CAPTCHA. Introducing "One Thing": A New Video Series, The Spruce Gardening & Plant Care Review Board, The Spruce Renovations and Repair Review Board, 6 inches to 7 feet tall (depending on species). We have both growing here, but I was unsure what the true Solomon’s Seal was until, that is, now. .hide-if-no-js { It can grow up to two feet tall. Thank you! I spit them where I think they might sprout. I have found that if the plants are mature, they will usually have either tiny stems hanging below the leaves (Solomon’s seal) or dried stalks projecting from the tip of the plant (False Solomon’s seal). The flowers are followed by marble-size berries which turn dark blue in late summer. There are several natural methods that can combat these pest problems. I eat about ten at a time being careful to spit out the hard seeds. There is a giant Solomon's seal (Polygonatum biflorum var. Seeds of Solomon’s seal can take up to two years to sprout. I frequently eat the False Solomon’s ripe red berries. Lovely! Learn tips for creating your most beautiful (and bountiful) garden ever. one Time limit is exhausted. setTimeout( I have not seen the red berries — probably because the wildlife eats them before they get to that stage. I’ve been trying to get a decent description of the difference, and you made it complete and easy to remember. Any thoughts on this weirdness? General Information. ), Farifield Osborn Preserve with Claudia and Michael | Zulu Thoughts, Links – September 2, 2011 :: Beautiful Flower Pictures Blog. False Solomon’s seal has been used medicinally although it does not seem to be as well documented as Solomon’s seal. Love the pictured comparison of the two plants. Thank you so much!!! Nature will bear the closest inspection. Slugs and snails can also become a problem, so watch out for holes in the leaves and stems. Pingback: Links – September 2, 2011 « Beautiful Flower Pictures Blog: Floral Photography by Patty Hankins, Pingback: Sessile bellwort | Identify that Plant. Size varies among the species. Here’s an article outlining those uses. Established plants still prefer to be in soil that is damp to the touch, though they can tolerate short periods of drought if necessary. Healthy Solomon's seal plants growing in optimal conditions have few problems with pests and diseases. ); The detail of your pictures is wonderful! The various species of Solomon’s seal can grow in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 9. The stems even disconnect from the rhizomes on their own after frost in the fall. These plants grow at a moderate pace and can take a few years to bloom when grown from seed. Solomon’s seal does not require deadheading (removing spent blooms). It can grow up to two feet tall. I knew Solomon’s seal by sight, it’s common name, Latin name, habitat, and range. var notice = document.getElementById("cptch_time_limit_notice_56"); Solomon’s seal produces bell-shaped, yellowish green to greenish white flowers in May or June. Please reload CAPTCHA. How intriguing, Aimee. The biggest difference — which makes for easy identification — is the fact that False Solomon’s seal has flowers at the end of its stem. Showed me exactly what I needed to know. I planted Solomon’s Seal there a few years ago, but they have been replaced with the false ones. Solomon's seal plants are naturally found growing under large shade trees in dappled light. Your email address will not be published. (Click on any photo to get a larger, easier-to-see-the-details view. Most of Solomon's seal plants grow to around 1 to 2 feet tall. commutatum) that reaches around 5 feet tall or higher and really makes a statement in the garden.