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Hairy Solomon's Seal
Polygonatum pubescens

Hairy Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum pubescens) Other scientific names: Convallaria pubescens

French names: Sceau-de-Salomon pubescent

Family: Asparagus Family (Asparagaceae), (Lily Family (Liliaceae), Lily-of-the-Valley Family (Convallariaceae))

Group: Solomon Seals

Similar species:
  •   Smooth Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum biflorum) - Leaves are smooth underneath; flowers 1-4 in each cluster.

Flowers: Spring, Summer;  White, Green/Brown;  6 parts (petals);  Growing singly or in pairs.

Leaves: Alternate, Simple, Entire

Height: 30-90 cm (11-35 in)

Habitat: Forests

Grows in Sun/Shade: Shade

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 342   

Native/Non-native: Native

Origin and Meaning of Names:
 Scientific Name: pubescens: pubescent: hairy, fuzzy

Photographs: 103 photographs available, of which 7 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Hairy Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum pubescens) flower

The flowers of Hairy Solomon's Seal grow singly or in pairs, hanging down under the nearly horizontal stem.

Hairy Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum pubescens) flowers

Closeup view of a couple of flowers.

Hairy Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum pubescens) leaves and plants

Three Hairy Solomon's Seal plants, showing their leaves. The flowers hang down under the leaves, and therefore aren't visible from above.

Hairy Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum pubescens) leaf

The underside of a leaf. Note the fine hairs - this distinguishes Hairy Solomon's Seal from Smooth Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum biflorum).

Hairy Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum pubescens) leaf

Closeup of the underside of the leaf, so the fine hairs are now visible.

Hairy Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum pubescens) fruits

Ripe fruits of Hairy Solomon's Seal.

Hairy Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum pubescens) fruits

Closer view of ripe fruits, in early September.

Range map for Hairy Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum pubescens)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)