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Solomons-seal: ladder to heaven

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Solomons-seal: ladder to heaven

The presence of Solomon's-seal (Polygonatum multiflorum) is a pretty sure sign you are in ancient woodland; unless, that is, you are in someone's garden as it is grown as a popular cottage garden flower where it can be grown in shaded locations. Not encountered in the wild that often but where it is it can form quite large patches.

This is a member of the asparagus family and has a characteristic arching stem with a series of pale cream bell-shaped flowers falling downwards on the underside of the stem. It has large bright green ribbed leaves. 

Why it has been attributed to King Solomon is not clear but it is also known as David's Harp and Ladder to Heaven so there is obviously an historical religious connection somewhere. It has some medicinal uses in treating lung disorders as well as in reducing swelling, inflammation and bruising of the skin.


 

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This nature note was written by ----> Peter Orchard
This nature nore was written ----> 2 years 3 months ago

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