Perennial of the Year 2013

Perennial of the Year 2013

polygonatum flowers

Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’

Common Names
Variegated Solomon’s Seal
Striped Solomon’s Seal
Fragrant Solomon’s Seal
Variegated Fragrant Solomon’s Seal
Each year, the Perennial Plant Association names a perennial to be highlighted by the industry. This is a unique way for gardeners to become aware of a plant that has many great attributes for the home garden.
2013 brings us the selection of polygonatum odoratum ‘variegatum’, a variegated variety of Solomon’s Seal.
Solomon’s Seal can be planted in full or part shade along with hosta, bleeding heart and astilbe. The striped nature of its leaves offers big visual interest in the garden with little to no maintenance. This plant loves a woodland type location and makes an outstanding border.
This from the PPA:

Light: Variegated Solomon’s seal performs well in part to full shade conditions.

Soil: Variegated Solomon’s seal prefers moist, well-drained soil.

Uses: This perennial offers vivid highlights in shaded areas of borders, woodland gardens, or naturalized areas. The variegated foliage is attractive in flower arrangements.

Unique Qualities: Solomon’s Seal has arching stems that carry pairs of small, bell-shaped, white flowers in mid to late spring. The variegated ovate leaves are soft green with white tips and margins. Fall leaf color is yellow.

Maintenance: There are no serious insect or disease problems with variegated Solomon’s seal. Plants may be divided in the spring or fall. The white rhizomes should be planted just below the soil surface. Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ is a very easy perennial to grow and will enhance any shade area.

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 8.