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Wise choice indeed with PPA’s Plant of the Year


February 6, 2013
By Dave Harrison

Feb. 6, 2013 — Are you growing and/or retailing ‘Solomon’s Seal?’ If you are, you’ve got something to celebrate!

Feb. 6, 2013 — Are you growing and/or retailing ‘Solomon’s Seal?’

If you are, you’ve got something to celebrate. You've got an award-winner on the bench.

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Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ has been named the 2013 Perennial Plant of the Year by the Perennial Plant Association .

Common names include 'Variegated Solomon’s Seal,' 'Striped Solomon’s Seal,' 'Fragrant Solomon’s Seal' and 'Variegated Fragrant Solomon’s Seal.'

It’s hardy in USDA Zones 3 to 8, and does best in partial to full shade. It prefers moist, well-drained soil.

‘Solomon’s Seal’ has arching stems that carry pairs of small, bell-shaped, white flowers in mid- to late-spring.

The variegated ovate leaves are soft green with white tips and margins. In fall, the leaf colour turns yellow. It grows to  between 18 and 24 inches in height and will spread by rhizomes to form colonies.

This perennial offers vivid highlights in shaded areas of borders, woodland gardens, or naturalized areas. The variegated foliage is also attractive in flower arrangements.

There are no serious insect or disease problems with variegated 'Solomon’s Seal.' Plants may be divided in the spring or fall. The white rhizomes should be planted just below the soil surface.


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