SOLOMON’S SEAL

FOTD – February 26 – Solomon’s Seal

Every spring, one of the first of the wildflowers to appear are Solomon’s Seal. This is purely a wildflower. They were growing along the edge of our woods. I encouraged them by giving them room to grow and pulling out a lot of other weeds.

There are variations on this plant everywhere from Mongolia to northern Canada. The plant is edible and can be ground up into a kind of grain. I’ve never wanted to eat them, but I enjoy them and find their graceful draping leaves elegant as well as the long rows of dainty white, bell-shaped flowers.

It’s yet another sign of early spring here in the northeast. They’ll be growing by early April. I can hardly wait.



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  1. So that’s a wildflower? Goodness, it looks like something you’d buy from a garden centre. Lovely looking plant anyway, and it’s always good to see the early flowers heralding the approaching spring. Do you know where the name comes from? It’s quite an unusual one, isn’t it?

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    • Their rhizomes bear rounded scars where previous year’s stems arose – and supposedly it is the resemblance of these scars to the two inverted triangles that were the symbol or seal of King Solomon that gave rise to its common name. The rhizomes of various species have been used medicinally to treat various ailments or ground and baked into a type of bread. The young shoots were eaten like asparagus. There are about 60 species in this group (all related to lilies).

      It’s very hardy and will grow just about everywhere. Also, the color of the stalks varies. There’s a Japanese variety that has red stems — but still has the same tiny white flowers. Supposedly after the flowers die, it bears a fruit that looks just like a blueberry. I’ve never seen them, but we have a lot of birds and whatever berries or seeds we grow, they get eaten before I ever see them. I’m just happy when they don’t eat the whole plant!

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  2. Such an unusual plant… fascinating…

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    • What I like best about it is its architecture. It grows quite tall with those long arches and on a good year when we get the right amount of rain and sun, they take over that whole side of the driveway for several weeks. They grow about two feet tall — occasionally a bit taller — but always have that characteristic arch. i know that people grow them and they are easy to grow. What I don’t know is how they get their plants because I’ve never seen these for sale.

      However, there are nurseries which specialize in wildflowers, so maybe that is a source. I dug mine out of the woods and moved them a couple of feet to a brighter place where they have thrived. They will grow in deep shade, but not with the enthusiasm they have when they can get sunshine too.

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