Polygonatum biflorum, commonly known as Solomon’s seal, is a classic garden shade plant that gives garden beds an architectural component thanks to its arched stems. The stems are lined with small white bell-shaped flowers at the bottom in spring.
These flowers then give way to bluish-black berries that are loved by wildlife. In addition, this plant’s spreading, clustered growth makes it an excellent ground cover for shady locations. Solomon’s Seal is a hardy perennial native to North America, Europe, and Asia.
There are around 60 species in this group of perennial grasses in the Asparagaceae (asparagus) family. Solomon’s Seal is an erect, domed that typically grows 1-3 feet tall on unbranched stems.
The small, greenish-yellow, bell-shaped flowers (typically in pairs) on short stems hang in spring from the leaf axils and below the arched stems.
The alternate leaves (up to 4 inches long) with showy parallel veins are smooth on both sides and turn a pretty yellow color in the fall.