Polygonatum biflorum (Walter) Elliott  
Family: Asparagaceae
giant Solomon's-seal, king Solomon's-seal, smooth Solomon's-seal, Solomon's-seal
[Convallaria biflora "Walter, pro parte", Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum (Walter) Elliott, Polygonatum biflorum var. melleum (Walter) Elliott, Polygonatum canaliculatum auct. non (Muhl. ex Willd.) Pursh, Polygonatum cobrense (Wooton & Standl.) R.R.Gates, Polygonatum commutatum (Schult.f.) A.Dietr., Polygonatum commutatum f. foliatum (Schult.f.) A.Dietr., Polygonatum giganteum A.Dietr., Polygonatum melleum Farw.]
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Janice Stiefel  
Etymology: Polygonatum: Greek for "with many knees," probably in reference to knobby rootstock
Plants: erect to arching, perennial, 1'-5' tall forb
Leaves: stalkless, often clasping, paler below, hairless, oblong, alternate
Flowers: white to yellowish, 6-parted, 1/2"-2/3" long, tubular-shaped, stalked, petal-like tepals united; inflorescence usually small, stalked clusters hanging downward along the stem; blooms May-July
Fruits: 1/4" blue berry
Habitat: full to partial sun; dry to moderate moisture; woods, prairies; in sandy, loamy soil
Conservation Status: Native
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Paul Drobot  
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Robert W. Freckmann  
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Christopher Noll  
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Matthew L. Wagner  
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