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. 



    1. Anything deer won't eat works for me. I just nominated you for a Liebster Award.

    2. Hi Denise! sounds fun...what is it?

    3. such nice fotos :)

      I like it! Especialy the last one :)

    4. I just found your blog and am enjoying it very much. I have found confusing information on the origin of Variegated Solomon's Seal, but I believe it is actually native to Asia/Europe, as opposed to the plain green type, which is a North American native. Went to Garden in the Woods/MA (New England Wildflower Society) today, and they did have both types, but the sign under the Variegated form named it Japanese Solomon's Seal; they said it indeed is not native.

      Confusing! I'm a bit disappointed it's not native, but it apparently is not problematic, and it certainly is beautiful.

      Lisa W.

      1. Oh my - I did not realize that this plant was not native, Lisa! Thank you for this. I will have to change the text!


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