Plant A Day – Smooth Solomon’s Seal

Smooth Solomon's Seal Polygonatum biflorum

Smooth Solomon’s Seal
Polygonatum biflorum

There are several species of Polygonatum in Indiana.  It seems that each different field guide you look at shows a different set.  The Plants Database shows two species, this one and Polygonatum pubescens (Hairy Solomon’s Seal).  It seems that this genus has been split and lumped several times.

Basically, the Smooth Solomon’s Seal has smooth leaves and the Hairy Solomon’s Seal has, you guessed it, hairy leaves.

The underside of the leaf is smooth

The underside of the leaf is smooth

The fruits dangle underneath the stem

The fruits dangle underneath the stem

The flowers will eventually open at the tip

The flowers will eventually open at the tip

The leaves have no stems

The leaves have no stems

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