Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum'

Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’
(pol-ig-on-AY-tum oh-dor-AY-tum)
Family: Ruscaceae
syn. Polygonatum multiflorum ‘Variegatum’;
Polygonatum odoratum var. pluriflorum ‘Variegatum’
Common name: variegated fragrant Solomon’s seal;
striped Solomon’s seal
Zone: 3 – 8
Height: 18-24 in (45-60cm) Spread: 36 in (90cm)
Aspect: full shade; partial shade
Soil: fertile; well-draining
Water: moderate

Description: An herbaceous perennial with gracefully arching stems and a slightly spreading habit. Of particular note, all of the stems bend gently in the same direction. Soft, medium green, ovate leaves are irregularly rimmed in pure white. Slightly fragrant, white bell-shaped flowers lightly tipped with green dangle in pairs from the underside of the stems in late spring into summer. Round, blue-black fruits follow as the leaves turn an attractive yellow in autumn.


Special Notes: Native to Europe and Asia, this is an easy-to-grow woodland plant well-suited for those difficult shade areas. Will tolerate average soils and drier conditions once established. Slowly spreads by rhizamous roots. Plant benefits from dividing every three or four years.


Caution: All parts of the plant are harmful if ingested.


Perennial of the Year 2013


Posted on January 15, 2013