Polygonatum × hybridum 'Striatum'
common Solomon's seal
- Position: partial shade
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast
- Flowering period: May to June
- Flower colour: creamy-white
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Its graceful, arching stems of dark green, slightly pleated, leaves streaked with pale green and white are enough to earn this plant its place in the garden. But in early summer, when these stems are strung with clusters of green-tipped, creamy flowers that hang like little bells, it is simply gorgeous. The flowers are followed by small, black fruit. Solomon's Seal prefers a cool position in a shady spot and looks wonderful in a woodland setting among shade-loving ferns.
- Garden care: Cut down to the ground in autumn. Lift and divide large colonies in early spring, taking care not to damage the young shoots. Apply a mulch of well-rotted leafmould or garden compost in spring.
- Harmful if eaten