garden photography: Solomon’s Seal

In May I’m looking for Wild flowers

(This month I want to see native wild flowers found in the hedgerows, woodlands, farmland, meadows, by the coast, up a mountain, on the heath and even in your own garden. Basically those plants that haven’t been planted, but occur naturally, although specifically planted wild flower meadows can be included. Wild flowers provide food for humans and wildlife and are usually hardy, resilient and well adapted to the climate and soils, and yes sadly often referred to as weeds.)

Solomon’s Seal: (Polygonatum multiflorum)


Britain has three native species. Polygonatum multiflorum (Solomon’s Seal) is the most common, being found in lowland woods containing Ash and Field maple on chalk and limestone. Polygonatum odoratum (Angular Solomon’s Seal) is a plant of limestone pavements and cracks, so it is disappearing. Polygonatum verticillatum (Whorled Solomon’s Seal) is an uncommon plant of wooded gorges and river banks, mainly in Scotland.


Most are two feet high or so (on average) and most have arching stems with pairs of leaves giving rise to another common name Ladder in Heaven.

The flowers, which are most often ivory-white, hang downwards in clusters from the leaf joints and they are often edged in green and slightly fragrant.

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29 Comments Add yours

  1. Dina says:

    Good luck to you all, I hope you end up with a great collection of wonderful wildflowers, Jude!
    Wishing you a lovely Sunday. Norway is grey and very wet today, but summer is on its way.:-)
    Dina & co x

    1. Heyjude says:

      It has been grey and wet here for the last couple of days, but sunny today. We just have to make the most of those sunny days 🙂

  2. I love the common names of plants: they beat botanical names hands down. In this case the plant is subtly attractive too, under the eye of you and your camera.

    Here’s my post for this week: I hope dandelions fit your definition!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I like the common names too, aptly named in most cases and interesting to compare the differences between countries.

  3. Becky B says:

    Never heard of the name Ladders to Heaven for these, but it’s a perfect description 😊

  4. So funny, I just learned of this plant this week.

  5. Sue Slaght says:

    They are ever so delicate Jude. Like Dina we are having a very gray day and snowfall warning in effect just outside the city! Happy weekend ot you and hope the sun is shining. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Snowfall? It’s almost summer! They look delicate but are actually quite tough little flowers. And thanks, yes, the sun is shining today though still a cold wind…

      1. Sue Slaght says:

        Oh Canada! Living near these Rocky Mountains is so spectacular Jude but what fickle weather it can be. Glad you have the sunshine. Stay warm. 🙂

  6. Beautywhizz says:

    Lovely wildflower. I have never spotted one, so thanks for sharing your photos.

    1. Heyjude says:

      A woodland flower mostly. And often well hidden!

  7. restlessjo says:

    I’d never heard of this (tssk, ignoramus!) and I don’t really recall seeing it anywhere either but when I said Solomon’s Seal Mick piped up Polygonatum from the settee, where he’s busy with a design on Sketch Up. (clever clogs! 🙂 ) We have thunder and a torrential downpour here but it was a glorious, breakfast in the garden, morning.
    I have a giggle for you. Remember I mentioned a yellow wildflower I’d found in Poland, which I thought might be an escapee from one of the gardens? This morning I was tootling about with camera in ours and what should I find? Lamium! Apparently that’s what it was and we have our very own. Whatever next? Now, I really must go and make a start on tomorrow’s walk!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I had to look up Lamium and they all see to be purple? I have all sorts of things erupting here and no idea what they are – some attractive leaves and flowers forming, but they could all be weeds! Not having had a garden for 10 years I have only dealt with hybrid plants from nurseries!

      1. restlessjo says:

        Oh dear! I expect I’ll be sharing a photo of them when I find an appropriate month 🙂 Wildflower gardens are all the rage aren’t they? Be fashionable! 🙂

  8. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I’ve never seen a wild Solomon’s Seal Jude, they are lovely plants, understated elegance.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I was quite chuffed to find this one in the woodland on Whitcliffe Common a few years ago, but it took many repeated visits to actually get a decent photo!

  9. Beautiful! We share the love for wildflowers! Here is mine.

  10. pommepal says:

    What lovely dainty little flowers these are I love the delicate pale green tips of the flower. I’ve moved away from WA this week.

  11. Here is my entry for May – beautiful tropical frangipanis, growing in Hawaii.

  12. What a lovely, delicate little flower! In contrast, I have hardy flowering plants that can survive sand, salt and sea:

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ah, yes, I need to go hunting flowers by the sea. I have been wrapped up in discovering the countryside so far.

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