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Angular Solomon's seal

size:

15 to 50 centimeters

color:

flowers: white with green tips
leaves: blue-green

blossoms:

May and June

pollination:

long-tongued insects

reproduction:

root stock

life span:

perennial

  • Dut: Duinsalomonszegel, Welriekende salomonszegel
  • Lat: Polygonatum odoratum
  • Ger: Wohlriechende Weisswurz
  • Eng: Angular Solomon's Seal
  • Fren: Scean de Salomon officinal
Angulaar Solomon's seal, Foto Fitis, www.fotofitis.nl

Angular Solomon's seal

The long stems of angular Solomon's seal hang in an arch, with the flowers all dangling on one side. This plant grows well on slopes. The stems tend to lie in the direction of the sloop, giving it an enchanting appearance in late spring when the flowers blossom. If you get very close to the blossoms, you can smell their sweet scent.The only insects able to drink the nectar from the long narrow flowers are those with long tongues, such as bumblebees.  Later in the season, the flowers turn into blue-black berries. Watch out! As tasty as they may look, both the plant and the berries are poisonous.

  • Distribution and habitat

    In the Netherlands, angular Solomon's seal is found primarily in the dunes, on dry soils that are rich in humus and calcium. While it grows best on slopes with some shade, it can also grow on flat terrains in the full sun. The best chance of finding this plant is among sea buckthorn or burnet rose. If found elsewhere in the country, it will be on loamy soils formed during the pleistocene.

  • The name

    Angular Solomon's seal is also known as scented Solomon's seal thanks to the scent it emits. The 'Solomon' comes from the scar on the root stock made by stems from previous years. The scar resembles the seal of King Solomon. In earlier times, it was believed that the root stock gave the king magical powers.