Polygonatum biflorum (Walter) Elliott
Family: Asparagaceae
giant Solomon's-seal, king Solomon's-seal, smooth Solomon's-seal, Solomon's-seal
Polygonatum biflorum image
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