Solomon’s Seal

Another lovely plant growing in my local woodland.

After I posted a couple of days on Lily of the Valley, Marilyn asked if they are related to Solomon’s Seal, which she has in her garden. (Check out her lovely photos here). I actually found some Solomon’s Seal in the same woodland as the Lily of the Valley, but thought I would save them for a dedicated post.

Solomon’s Seal belongs to the genus Polygonatum. It is indeed a close relative to Lily of the Valley. The plant has a distinctive and rather unusual appearance, in that the small, bell-shaped flowers hang underneath the stems.

Solomon's Seal
Solomon’s Seal just beginning to bloom. I’ll return in a week to get a better photo.

The root of the plant is also notable, as it is covered in a series of small, round scars that resemble the seals used in ancient times to stamp official documents. These scars are said to have given the plant its name, as they were thought to represent the seal of King Solomon.

Solomon’s Seal has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries, particularly in traditional Chinese medicine and Native American herbal medicine. It has been used to treat digestive problems, respiratory issues, and joint pain. In addition, the plant has been used as a food source, with its young shoots and leaves being consumed in some cultures.

Submitted for Cee’s Flower of the Day.


  1. This plant, or some version of it, grows everywhere in the world. I think it may have been one of the original foods for many people. I got several readings of what it’s name means, though yours is the most popular version. I wish I knew more herb lore. I’m sure it has many uses.

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