The Polygonatum octoratum ‘Variegatum’ was named the 2013, winner of the Perennial Plant Association at the end of last year.
Solomon’s Seal Flowers and Foliage
Solomon’s seal is a lush perennial that is the right plant for a woodland garden. The variegated foliage of Polygonatum octoratum ‘Variegatum’ turns yellow in fall. The fragrant tiny white bell-shaped flowers are tipped in green and bloom in late spring.
The plant habit grows to 18” – 24” tall and spreads underground by rhizomes. The leaves have an oval shape and are brushed with swipes of white over the tropical green. The over-arching stems issue up from the base and create a full perennial plant.
Solomon’s seal is hardy in zones 3 – 8. This perennial plant thrives in soil that keeps moisture but, at the same time, is well-draining. It is best sited in a part to full shade location such as found in a woody landscape.
Why Perennial Winners for Your Garden
The Perennial Plant Association is a trade association made up of growers, retailers, contractors, educators and others involved in the herbaceous perennial industry.
Each year the Perennial Plant Association members vote on perennials to choose a winner for the following year. The voting criteria includes that the perennial is a low maintenance plant, thrives in a wide range of climate conditions, relatively pest and disease resistant, offers many seasons of ornamental interest and has wide availability to gardeners.
Under Plant Winners at Stay Gardening, past winners of the Perennial Plant will be discussed from time to time. Watch this space for more ideas.