Polygonatum odoratum var. pluriflorum ‘Variegatum’

(Solomon's Seal, Variegated)


Hardiness Zones:

 3a  3b  4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b

Quick Overview:

Polygonatum odoratum, commonly called fragrant Solomon’s seal, is a rhizomatous, shade-loving perennial that typically grows to 18-24? tall on low, gracefully arching, angled (as opposed to cylindrical), unbranched stems. It is native to shaded slopes and woodland areas in temperate regions of Europe and Asia. Each stem (to 18? long) rises singly from the rhizome clad with 8-17 alternate, upright, parallel-veined, elliptic to ovate-oblong leaves (to 4? long). Leaves turn an attractive yellow in fall. Greenish-white tubular flowers (to 7/8? long) on short pedicels droop (usually in pairs but sometimes solitarily) from the leaf axils along and beneath the arching stems. Flowers have a sweet, lily-like fragrance. Flowers bloom late spring to early summer (May-June). Flowers are followed by attractive pendulous blue-black berries (each 1/4″ diameter) in fall which hang downward from the leaf axils. ?Variegatum? is a popular cultivar of var. pluriflorum. It features showy light green leaves edged with white. New stems are tinged with maroon red. It is a superior foliage ornamental for shady garden areas.


Easily grown in moist, humusy, organically rich, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Best performance occurs in cool sun-dappled shady areas. Slowly spreads by thin rhizomes to form colonies in optimum growing conditions.

Additional information

Common Name

Solomon's Seal, Variegated

Botanical Name

Polygonatum odoratum var. pluriflorum 'Variegatum'


2 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Shade


3 ft.


2 ft.

Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period

late Spring

Flower Color




Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


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