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2013 Perennial Plant of the Year

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The 2013 Perennial Plant of the Year was recently announced –

Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’, or more commonly known as Variegated (or Striped) Solomon’s Seal.

Solomon’s Seal is a stunning spring-to-fall, low maintenance tall foliage plant suited to areas with shade or partial shade. Sprouting small greenish-white flowers in late spring, the bright green foliage displays creamy white edges throughout the growing season, turning yellow into the fall months, and may develop small blue berries. 

Solomon’s Seal (both plain and variegated) grow to 24 inches tall and are spread by rhizomes to form colonies of bright color all summer long.

Solomon’s Seal nicely complements other shade plants like hostas, astilbe and fern to create a striking but serene woodland garden.

Requiring little care other than moist soil conditions and shade, Solomon’s Seal is hardy in  USDA Zones 3 to 8. 

Wonder if the garden centers are open yet……




Author: gardenchatter

I'm a horticulturalist, a garden experimenter and member of GardenComm International (garden communicators) who enjoys playing in the dirt and growing a wide variety of veggies, plants and flowers in my Zone 5 garden. Check out my website http://www.wowmygarden and the gardenchatter podcast at

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