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Solomon's Seal (Smooth) (Polygonatum pubescens)

This is to be compared to the False Solomon's Seal, and, for that matter, with Rose Twisted-stalk; when you look close; you will see the difference. The bell like flowers, greenish-white, hang from the axils on an arching stem; hanging below the full leaves, these little flowers are often hidden. Roland writes that the Solomon's Seal is "found only in the richest [deciduous] woods." Audubon writes: " The rootstalk, or rhizome, of the Solomon's Seal is jointed; the leaf stalk breaks away from it, leaving a distinctive scar said to resemble the official seal of king Solomon." And further, "Indians and colonists used the starchy rhizomes as food."

An image of the Solomon's Seal
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Peter Landry

(2011)