chicagoland grows® Plant Introduction Program

Prince Charming Solomon's Seal

Polygonatum 'Prince Charming' PP#22304



Selected by Brent Horvath at Intrinsic Perennial Gardens, Inc., Hebron, Illinois, this vigorous selection of solomon’s seal produces attractive medium-green foliage that can take on a bluish cast in full sun, contrasting with the gray undersides of the foliage. A profusion of creamy-white flowers produced in spring is followed by green berries that turn purple in autumn. The season ends with the foliage turning an attractive golden yellow in October and November. A vigorous spreader, yet compact, growing only to 12” of height. The only other more compact solomon’s seal is P. humile, which can be so short as to often get overrun by taller perennials. ‘Prince Charming’ can form a dense colony in a few years. Its leathery foliage gives a clue to its adaptability: shade to full sun, and medium moisture to dry soils. ‘Prince Charming’ appears to be a hybrid, possibly of the native P. commutatum and the Asian P. humile. Regardless of its parentage, it is unique in comparison to other Solomon’s Seals.

Use in the perennial border, woodland garden, or partially shaded rock garden. Site where you can appreciate its multiple seasons of interest, from the bloom display in the spring to attractive foliage all summer, finishing with its purple fruit and yellow foliage in autumn. This selection is readily propagated by rhizome divisions.

USDA Zones 4 to 7. 

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