Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Spring Wildflowers - Solomon's Seal

Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum biflorum)

Soon the blooms on my Solomon's Seal will open. The bell-like flowers, which are cream/light-green, hang on the underside of the plant's arching stem. This is a beautiful native plant to add to any woodland garden.

As an herbalist and lover of plants, I prefer the botanical name for a plant. There is no confusion as to what plant you are referring to. But I admit to dearly loving the colorful common names. This is a perfect example. It is thought that the name "solomon's seal" is in reference to the seal-like scars on the plant's roots which to some look like the "seal of Solomon." For more on this plant's colorful name you can refer to this site.