When does this bloom?
Where does this bloom?
Common on moist wooded slopes, coves.
Solomon’s Seal (polygonatum biflorum) is a herbaceous perennial. It has smooth, attractive green leaves with prominent parallel veins. Its flowers are drooping and bell-shaped, dangling below upraised leaves along arching stems. The flowers usually appear in pairs and are in bloom from May until July. The color of the blossoms is usually citron or white.
Soloman’s Seal is known as a good hummingbird feeder. It has attractive berries during the winter and can survive very cold temperatures. However, this species needs hot summer days with full shade and well drained soil.
The root has commonly been used as an incense. When burnt before sleeping, it is claimed that the person will sleep very soundly and awaken refreshed and feeling young. A tea can be made from the root and is a laxative. It also can treat indigestion, profuse menstruation, lung ailments, etc.
Soloman’s Seal can also be boiled and makes an excellent vegetable (similar to asparagus), although the flavor is somewhat bitter. The root is rich in starch, which can be used to make bread or mixed into other foods such as soups.