Polygonatum biflorum (Smooth Solomon's Seal/Great Solomon's Seal)
This beautiful native to the woodlands of North America has graceful, arching stems, to five feet long, adorned with pairs of dangling, greenish white bell-shaped flowers in spring, followed by deep blue berries. Polygonatum refers to its jointed roots and is derived from the Greek: "Poly" means many, and "gony" means knees. "Biflorum" refers to the paired flowers. And now you know some Greek. The common name, "Solomon's Seal," refers to scar left on the leaf stalk when it is broken away. Polygonatum biflorum prefers shade or partial shade in moist, rich woodlands, but it also adapts to dryer soil, as at the base of trees. Photo By Fritzflohrreynolds (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wiki Commons) Gallons.
Polygonatum humile "Tom Thumb" (Dwarf Solomon's Seal)
Polygonatum humile, a diminutive Solomon's Seal from Japan, is a reliable spreader and a valuable addition to the woodland garden. "Tom Thumb" only grows to about six inches, but for such a small plant, it makes a big statement. The leaves are a beautiful, deeply veined emerald green, and the dangling, fluted ivory bells are large for the plant, but that's not all. Upon closer inspection, each fragrant bell looks as though the tip has been dipped in the same green as the leaves. Polygonatum humile "Tom Thumb" prefers partial shade in Zones 5-8. Quarts.