Spring Wildflowers

Smooth Solomon's seal (Polygonatum biflorum)

Member of the Lily (Liliaceae) family.  Found in woods, roadsides, fields, woodland borders during April - June. The zig-zag arching stalks are from 1-5 ft. long. Nodding greenish-white tubular flowers hang in pairs from the axils of the oval conspicuously veined leaves. Hanging from the leaf axils on an arching stem are a few (often 2) greenish-white bell-like flowers. Blue berries follow the flowers of this perennial.   A new stem emerges from the root each year and the old stem scars on the root resemble the seals once used to seal letters with wax, hence the name. Since a single new stem grows every year the scars on the root can be counted to gauge the age of the plant.

To learn more about Smooth Solomon's seal, visit its profile at the USDA Plants Database