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Polygonatum biflorum

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Solomon's seal
Categories:
Native Plants, Perennials, Poisonous Plants, Wildflowers
Comment:

Solomon's seal is a native wildflower, growing in all areas of North Carolina except the southeastern coast. Grow it for its beautiful arching stems with perfectly oriented leaves. The small cream colored flowers are borne in twos, as are the bluish black, fleshy fruits.

Description:
Perennial herb with erect or arching, unbranched stem; leaves alternate, simple, in one plane; flowers white, bell-shaped, 6-parted, 1-2 hanging in the leaf axils; berry blue-black.
Season:
Spring
Height:
2-3 ft.
Flower Color:
Yellowish green maturing to cream
Hardiness:
USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9
Foliage:
2 to 4 in. leaves; smooth on upper and lower surface
Flower:
0.5 in. bell-shaped greenish white flowers produced in leaf axils hang downward; round bluish black berries
Site:
Rich, moist humus soil; partial shade to shade; found in dry to moist, often rocky woods and thickets
Propagation:
Division of rhizome in spring, seed
Exposure:
Partial to heavy shade
Soil:
Cool, moist, well drained soil
Regions:
Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Origin:
Eastern North America, North Carolina
Poison Part:
Berries.
Poison Delivery Mode:
Ingestion.
Symptoms:
Vomiting, diarrhea.
Edibility:
EDIBLE PARTS: Young shoots can be boiled for 10 minutes and served like asparagus. Whole shoots can be cut up and put into salad
Toxic Principle:
Anthraquinone.
Severity:
CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN.
Found in:
Forest and natural areas in rich woods; landscape in flower garden as cultivated ornamental herbaceous perennial.
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Tags:
perennial, spring, wildflower, white, yellow, shade, poisonous, pollinators, partial shade, butterflies

NCCES plant id: 764

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