Polygonatum pubescens

Common Names: Hairy Solomon's seal
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Solomon's seals

A herbaceous plant, growing to 1 to 2.5 inches tall with an ascending leafy stem that is unbranched. The central stem is light to medium green, slightly zigzag, and glabrous to short-pubescent. Alternate leaves occur along this stem that are 2 to 5 inches long and 1 to 2.5 inches wide; they are broadly elliptic in shape, smooth (entire) along their margins, and sessile. The upper leaf surface is medium to dark green and glabrous, while the lower leaf surface is pale to medium green and finely short-hairy along the major veins. Leaf venation is parallel with 3 to 7 prominent veins. Flowers are produced individually or in groups of 2 to 3 from the axils of most leaves; they are suspended below the leaves on short peduncles and pedicels. Each flower is 8 to 14 mm. in length and narrowly cylindrical in shape, consisting of 6 pale greenish yellow to greenish white tepals, 6 inserted stamens, and a 3-celled ovary with a single style. Around the outer rim of each flower, there are 6 straight to slightly recurved lobes about 2 to 3 mm. in length. The filaments of the stamens are minutely warty and terete. The peduncles and pedicels are light green, slender, and glabrous; they are about 0.25 to 0.5 inches in length during the blooming period, but become about 0.5 to 1 inch in length when berries are produced.

Habitats include moist to mesic woodlands and sandy woodlands. Blooms mid- to late spring.

Primary Flower Color: Green
Secondary Flower Color: Yellow
Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.