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Variegated Solomon's Seal: 2013 Perennial Plant of the Year

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Variegated Solomon's Seal:  2013 Perennial Plant of the Year

Note the white variegation around the leaf

Every year the Perennial Plant Association (PPA) chooses one outstanding perennial to be designated Perennial Plant of the Year. The plant must be suitable for a wide range of climates and be low maintenance. This year the PPA chose variegated Solomon's seal (Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum'). Solomon's seal is a zone 4 woodland plant that prefers partial to full shade and moist soils.The white variegation around the leaf's edge brightens a shady garden. The arching shoots and dangling spring flowers add an interesting architectural form to the landscape. As the season progresses, interesting bluish-black fruits form. Care should be taken not to consume the poisonous berries. In fall, the leaves turn yellow. All in all, this is a plant that has a long season of interest. The plant spreads by rhizomes and looks great naturalized in a hosta bed.

by Esther McGinnis, Extension Horticulturist

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