Polygonatum × hybridum

common Solomon's seal ( syn. Polygonatum multiflorum)

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2 litre pot £18.99
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Buy Polygonatum × hybridum common Solomon's seal ( syn. Polygonatum multiflorum): Creamy white flowers blue-black berries

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average to fast
  • Flowering period: May to June
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Its graceful, arching stems of large, dark green, slightly pleated leaves with visible, waxy-blue undersides are enough to earn this plant its place in the garden. But in early summer, when the stems are strung with clusters of green-tipped, white 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: Polygonatum do not like dry soil. Cut the plant 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.

  • Pets: TOXIC if eaten; Humans: Harmful if eaten

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Notes on Polygonatum × hybridum

"One of the wonders of spring when thick silver-green spears emerge and unfold to produce arching stems of foliage underpinned by green-tinged ivory bells"

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A lovely plant


Lovely flowers in Spring, though they are beneath the leaves so can be hard to see in a crowded bed. The leaves are popular with slugs who strip holes along their length.




Lovely plant


I bought this as it is one of my favourite plants. As always it looked healthy when it arrived and thankfully still healthy now!!! Lovely plant. I've given it a shady spot in my garden.

Not a gardener



i would buy again


Looks great centre border

cheshire lady



Doing well.


If possible place it where the light shines through the arching stems - as in a raised bed.

Solomon's seal



Just what I wanted


Just waiting for it to reappear in the spring.




I would buy this product again


It's established well and flowered profusely in it's first year in a semi-woodland setting. Beautiful.






My FAVOURITE plant !! The arching fronds with the delicate little flowers make me weep they are so perfect !! In my woodsy garden, planted next to, and under a potted tree fern, and Heligan Gunerra, it earns its keep for sure, flowering mid Spring to mid Summer.


Brentwood, Essex


Polygonatum × hybridum

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in past years my solomans seal has been shredded almost before it has imerged from the ground. i believe it may be some sort of caterpillar. What do I do to save it's beauty?


Hello, These plants can be attacked by sawfly larvae - and while the damage can look pretty bad, they will rarely affect the plants long term health and vigour. The best course of action is to check your plants regularly (they are usually found on the undersides of the leaves) and pick them off. Alternatively, you can use a pesticide, but please take care not to use them while the plants are in flower.


The leaves are being stripped during early/mid season leaving a lattice-work behind. What is the likely cause and can you suggest a remedy?


Hello, Slugs and sawlfy larvae like to eat the foliage of these plants, so the first thing you need to do is try to identify the culprits. They can then either be picked off as you see them, or you can take further action. For sawflies, you can spray the plants with an insecticide containing deltamethrin, lambda-cyhalothrin or pyrethrum. For slugs, there are several option - please click on the following link to go straight to them. http://www.crocus.co.uk/products/_/tools/pest-control/slugs-snail-control/plcid.767/plcid.783/plcid.967/


Yes,I can concur that sawflies may be responsible for decimating the plant. I was unsure what to use to stop this. However when spraying roses for greenfly I used the remaining Rose Clear in the container and had no more trouble from the saw flies. So next spring at the first signs of attack they will get the same treatment.


I have a part shaded spot and it has been suggested to plant Solomon's Seal. After looking on the internet this may be a more hardy plant - would it be suitable in a part shady spot, the spot does receive early morning sun/light for about 2-3 hours?


Hello there Yes this plant would be fine in partial shade, and it is fully hardy.

Is my Polygonatum OK? My Polygonatum multiflorum (Solomon's Seal) looks just a pot of earth. It may be that it is too early for the plant to be showing above the soil yet, but I understood it was spring flowering so assumed something would be showing by now.

The Polygonatum mulitflorum is a herbaceous perennial which die down cvompletely during the winter. Therefore they will not be showing any growth at all at this time of the year. Once they start to grow though (usually around mid to late April), they are pretty fast and will start to flower in early summer from May onwards.



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