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Polygonatum pubescens (Willd.) Pursh
Hairy Solomon's seal
USDA Symbol: POPU4
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Hairy Solomons Seal (Polygonatum pubescens) is distinguished by minute hairs along veins on undersides of leaves.
Hairy Solomonís Seal is a member of the lily family (family Liliaceae). Lilies are mostly perennial herbs from rhizomes, bulbs, or corms, some rather woody and treelike, and often showy flowers in racemes or branched racemes.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
CT , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV Canada: NB
, ON Native Habitat:
dry to moist woods USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Clay, Loam, Sand
BenefitUse Wildlife: Birds, Butterflies
Use Food: EDIBLE PARTS / PREPARATION: Young shoots can be boiled for 10 minutes and served like asparagus. Whole shoots can be cut up and put into salads. The rootstocks can be added to stew or boiled for 20 minutes and eaten like potatoes. (Poisonous Plants of N.C.)
Warning: POISONOUS PARTS: Berries. Only low toxicity if ingested. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea. Toxic Principle: Anthraquinone.
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Record Modified: 2012-07-18
Research By: TWC Staff