February 7, 2013

A most deserving Perennial Plant of the Year

Variegated and fragrant anything has a magnetic pull, but add those words to Solomon’s Seal and my oh my, you’ll be making room in your shade garden. Southern Californians, avert your eyes (or start pricing second homes in cooler, damper climates). The Midwest is having the last (zone 3-8) laugh this time.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—Don’t forget to plant your dandelion seeds.



Fred Hoffman says:

Are any Northern California nurseries carrying this plant (Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’) yet?

BTW, dandelions = a healthier yard: ‘Mycorrhizal colonization of maize roots was higher following the autumn planting of either winter wheat or dandelion compared with fallow. In the dandelion plots maize had significantly higher P content, shoot dry weight and yield relative to the winter wheat plots. Winter wheat and dandelion both improved soil aggregation.” http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167880999001218

and healthier animals: “Because dandelion contains high amounts of certain minerals, it serves as a complement to pasture forage for livestock.” http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/WEEDS/dandelion.html

Posted on February 7, 2013 at 9:26 am.

Charlotte at Dirt Du Jour says:

Fred, Okay, okay—I’ll plant dandelions if you find me Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’. Did you see that it’s deer-resistant too? Better and better.

Posted on February 7, 2013 at 11:49 pm.

Charlie says:

Solomon’s Seal is one of the favorite plants in my garden.  I first saw it in the woods near my home next to steams and waterfalls in wooded areas.  It is a perfect choice if you have the right conditions.

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 4:15 pm.

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