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Polygonatum pubescens - (Willd.)Pursh.

Common Name Hairy Solomon's Seal
Family Convallariaceae
USDA hardiness 3-7
Known Hazards Although no reports of toxicity have been seen for this species, some members of this genus have poisonous fruits and seeds.
Habitats Rich shady woods[43]. Rich moist wooded slopes and coves from sea level to 1100 metres[270].
Range Eastern to Central N. America - Nova Scotia, Manitoba and southwards.
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade
Polygonatum pubescens Hairy Solomon


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Polygonatum pubescens is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3. It is in flower from Apr to June. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, self.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) or semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves;  Root.
Edible Uses:

Young shoots - cooked[102]. They can be used as an asparagus substitute. Root - cooked[102]. The root is up to 18mm thick[270]. It is rich in starch.

Medicinal Uses



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Haemostatic;  Ophthalmic.

A decoction of the plant has been used in the treatment of spitting up of blood[257]. An infusion of the roots has been used as an eye wash in the treatment of snow blindness[257].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Prefers a fertile humus rich moisture-retentive well-drained soil in cool shade or semi-shade[200]. Plants are intolerant of heat and drought but they tolerate most other conditions[200]. This species is closely related to P. odoratum[200]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits[233]. The young shoots of most members of this genus are very attractive to slugs[K]. Hybridizes with other members of this genus[200].

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in early autumn in a shady part of a cold greenhouse[200]. Sow stored seed as early in the year as possible. Germination can be slow, they may not come true to type[200] and it takes a few years for them to reach a good size. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a shady position in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in March or October. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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