Polygonatum odoratum
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Polygonatum odoratum

scented Solomon's seal
angular Solomon's seal

  family convallariaceae 
  genus polygonatum 

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Identification
Genus  Polygonatum Species  odoratum Variety  Cultivar  Common names  scented Solomon's seal   angular Solomon's seal Family  CONVALLARIACEAE Specimen number  S11666 Data source  HtZn p157;MedPl p251
 
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  1' 6" Overall spread   
 
Climate
Sunshine  Partial to full shade Water  Moist Optimal soil texture  Rich Acceptable soil pH  Soil pH 05-06 USDA hardiness  USDA zones 03a-09b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 09-01 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
 
Garden
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Polygonatum odoratum has a colorful display of berries in the fall and early winter. Scented Solomon's seal (also known as angular Solomon's seal) can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -40 Fahrenheit. This plant needs summer days with high heat. The best soil for this species has a texture that is rich. Partial to full shade is best for growing this plant. It does well in moist soils.
 
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  yes Desirable qualities    Other interest  blue berries Other interest color  Other interest period   
 
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
 
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  astringent   demulcent   decongestant   vulnerary Medicinal parts  Rhizome Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  yes Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Its berries are toxic if taken internally Medicinal notes  Polygonatum odoratum has too many possible beneficial herbal uses to fully enumerate. A few of its uses include: as an astringent, as a demulcent, as a decongestant and as a vulnerary. See the medicinal properties section for the full list. Scented Solomon's seal (sometimes called angular Solomon's seal) is only to be administered with proper professional knowledge. Herbal remedies are only prepared from the rhizome. Its berries are toxic if taken internally.
 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  fragrant flowers Fragrance parts  Flowers Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
 
Cultivation
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
 
Nutrition
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
 
Horticulture
Horticulture notes  Polygonatum odoratum most likely originates from Eastern US.
 
Herbarium
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Polygonatum odoratum is a perennial. Flowers: Scented Solomon's seal (locally known in some parts as angular Solomon's seal) has drooping flowers. Flowers are borne during the month of May. Most often the flowers occur in either citron or white.

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