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Saturday, June 1, 2013

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

Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’

The 2013 Perennial Plant of the Year is Award is Variegated Solomon’s Seal. It is deer resistant and loves shade.

This award is a big deal for this shady woodland gem...

Variegated Solomon’s Seal or Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ grows 18 to 24 inches tall and tolerates full-shade.

It is  a great companion plant to hostas, brunnera, dicentra, ferns, and astilbes. The sweet fragrance of its small, bell-shaped white flowers will enhance your walk along a pathway on a spring morning. And you can use its variegated foliage in spring floral arrangements. And finally, this all-season shade lover offers yellow fall foliage color.

It will spread by rhizomes to form colonies. Increase by dividing clumps every two to three years.

Below are all of the Perennial Plants of the Year since the beginning of the program in 1990.