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Polygonatum biflorum

Solomon's Seal

Family Liliaceae


Use
Cooked. Young shoots can be boiled for 10 minutes and served like asparagus. The rootstocks can be added to stews or boiled like potatoes.



Description

Growth Form: Herbaceous plant with stout rootstock, and flowers and berries along underside of stem.

Leaves: Paralell- veined leaves. Arranged alternately on a single stem.

 

Solomon's Seal (Hannah Ramer, Concord MA)
Leaves


Solomon's Seal (Hannah Ramer, Concord MA)
Whole Plant


Flowers:
Greenish yellow. Hang off underside of stem. Come in pairs. Flower April-June.

Fruits: Hang off underside of stem. Come in pairs. Bluish-Black.

Habitat and Range

Woods and thickets.Great Lakes region to as far south as Connecticut.

Season

Shoots available in the spring. Rootstocks can be harvested year-round.

Fun Facts

A close relative to the Lily-of-the-Valley.

The bruised roots were much used as a popular cure for black eyes, mixed with cream.


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