hairy Solomon’s seal

(Polygonatum pubescens)

Conservation Status

 

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  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

SNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
Wetland Indicator Status
     
  Great Plains

FACU - Facultative upland

     
  Midwest

FACU - Facultative upland

     
  Northcentral & Northeast

FACU - Facultative upland

     
           
 
Description
 
 

The stem is straight and arching and can reach up to 3 feet at maturity.

The leaves are drooping and are on short petioles. They have minute hairs growing along the veins on the underside of the leaves.

The green-white tubular-shaped flowers arise from the leaf axils and are hidden below the leaves. They hang in clusters of two or three on arching flower stems.

The fruit is dark blue.

 
     
 

Height

 
 

20 to 36

 
     
 

Flower Color

 
 

White to yellowish

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
  Smooth Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum) is a taller plant, reaching up to 48 at maturity. The leaves are smooth and hairless and have 7 to 19, parallel veins.  
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Moist woods, thickets, clearings.

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Flowering

 
 

May to June

 
     
 
Use
 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 28.

 
  5/3/2016      
         
 

Nativity

 
 

Native

 
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

 

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Kingdom Plantae (green algae and land plants)  
  Subkingdom Viridiplantae (green plants)  
  Infrakingdom Streptophyta (land plants and green algae)  
  Superdivision Embryophyta (land plants)  
  Division Tracheophyta (vascular plants)  
  Subdivision Spermatophytina (seed plants)  
  Class Liliopsida (monocots)  
 

Order

Asparagales (agaves, orchids, irises, and allies)  
 

Family

Asparagaceae (agave and allies)  
  Subfamily Nolinoideae  
 

Genus

Polygonatum (Solomon’s seal)  
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Convallaria pubescens

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

downy Solomon’s seal

hairy Solomon’s seal

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Axil

The upper angle where the leaf stalk meets the stem.

 

Petiole

The stalk of a leaf blade or compound leaf that attaches the leaf blade to the stem.

 

Sessile

Stalkless; attached at the base without a petiole, peduncle, pedicel, or stalk.

       
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