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Polygonatum humile

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po-lig-oh-NAY-tum HEW-mil-ee
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Dwarf Solomon's Seal spreads by pencil-sized rhizomes just below the soil surface in a small, low colony.  

The shoots can be boiled for 10 minutes and served like asparagus.  Whole shoots can be cut up and put into salads.  The berries are poisonous.  If eaten, causes low toxicity.  

More information on Polygonatum.

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#edible plant#rabbit resistant#poisonous berries#deer resistant#groundcover
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#edible plant#rabbit resistant#poisonous berries#deer resistant#groundcover
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Polygonatum
    Species:
    humile
    Family:
    Asparagaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern Europe, Western Asia
    Play Value:
    Shade
    Textural
    Edibility:
    Shoots are edible after boiling.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 0 ft. 9 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Poisonous
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Creeping
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Blue
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Blue-black berries hang from the axils.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Tubular
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Tubular, bell-shaped 3/4" flowers in spring, borne in leaf axis. Typically one flower per axil, sometimes 2.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Small round green leaves, veined.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Straight
    Stem Description:
    Upright stems.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Naturalized Area
    Slope/Bank
    Small Space
    Landscape Theme:
    Rain Garden
    Shade Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Rabbits
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Vomiting, diarrhea.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Anthraquinone.
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Fruits