Solomon's seal is a well-known garden plant, but the genus covers a wider range of plants. The familiar ones have arching stems, perhaps a metre tall, with opposite pairs of leaves and a pair of flowers hanging from each each leaf axil. There are many variations on this theme, but less well known are some elegant plants, much smaller, some with quite deep pink flowers. There are also a few really dwarf alpines, in which the pink flowers emerge flat on the ground, and when a colony is in flower it looks like fallen cherry blossom. Heteropolygonatum is a very closely related genus, separated on technical grounds.
Polygonatum hookeri is a complete contrast to most members of this genus, such as Solomon's seal, which are too tall for the rock garden. This one doesn't appear above ground until at least May, and then a few starry pink flowers on each stem push through, clasped by the fle
||9 cm pot|
||Late spring to mid summer|
||humus rich soil|
||6 - 20 cm|