Polygonatum humile Fisch. ex Maxim.
Polygonatum officinale var. humile (Fisch. ex Maxim.) Baker
Polygonatum humile var. humillimum (Nakai) Y.N.Lee
Polygonatum humile var. krylovii Ameljcz. & Malachova
Polygonatum humillimum Nakai
Dwarf Solomon’s seal
Dwarf Solomon’s seal is native to eastern Europe and western Asia. In North America, it is found only in gardens.
Identification: Plants are less than 12" (30 cm) in height, comfortable in the full or partial shade under trees. White, bell-shaped flowers occur along the stem. Elliptical green leaves are about 1-3" (2.5-7.6 cm) long. Berries are shiny, black, about ⅛" (3.2 mm).
Some similar species:
Polygonatum odoratum var. pluriflorum ‘Variegatum’
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|Plant||Up to 24" (60 cm) long.||Reaches 8-20" (20-50 cm).||Up to 12" (30 cm) in height.|
White, bell-shaped, about ¼" (8.3 mm) long, hanging singly from stem.
|Leaves||Up to 7" (18 cm) by 2½" (7 cm), oval, with pointed ends and parallel veins, yellow-green.||Elliptical, green, 1-3" (2.5-7.6 cm) long.|
|Fruit||¼" (6.3 mm) blue berries.||Dark blue to black, less than ¼" (6.3 mm) around.||Shiny black, about ⅛" (3.2 mm) around.|
USDA Zones: 3-9
USDA Zones: 4-8
USDA Zones: 5-8
|Habitats||Woods, prairies, in sandy, loamy soil||Wooded areas, dappled shade, deep shade||Full to partial shade in temperate climates|
Polygonatum humile at the Fine Gardening Plant Guide
Polygonatum humile on plants.ces.ncsu.edu
Polygonatum humile in Paghat's Garden
Polygonatum humile on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants
Polygonatum humile on eFloras
Polygonatum humile description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
Range: Zones 5-8: