Variegated Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’)
Elegant Addition to Shade Gardens
- Hardiness Range: 4 to 8
- Height: 24”
- Spread: 24”+, over time
- Exposure: Full to Partial Shade
- Flower Color: White
Why We Love It:
Variegated Solomon’s Seal is an herbaceous perennial with an elegant, arching growth form. It has a different texture, shape and leaf than many common shade perennials. Their stems arch upward, with small white bell-shaped blooms on the underside of the stems. The attractive pointy leaves remain green in color with showy creamy-white variegation throughout the season and turn attractive shades of yellow in the fall.
Variegated Solomon’s Seal pairs especially well with Snakeroot, green/blue Hosta varieties, Brunnera and Bergenia in a shade garden.
Know Before You Plant:
Variegated Solomon’s Seal can be slower to establish. It may take several years to develop a root system before significant spread above the ground takes place. It is worth the wait! Unlike some shady groundcovers, Solomon’s Seal is not invasive and does not suffocate or crowd out neighboring plants.
Exercise caution if planting around children and pets, parts of this plant are known to be toxic to humans and animals.
Where It Thrives:
Variegated Solomon’s Seal does best when planted in an area that receives filtered sunlight / partial shade and has average to moist soil conditions. This perennial can be used toward the middle or back of a mixed perennial bed, underplanting shrubs, or to help naturalize a woodland garden.