Solomon's Seal

photo by Ruth Hartnup CC BY

Solomon's Seal (not to be confused with False Solomon's Seal) can be found in moist, woodland areas throughout the eastern and midwestern United States and Canada.

Large oval leaves (2-6 in) zigzag up the long, arching stem (1-3 ft). The leaves resemble those of Yellow Lady's Slipper, and it may be hard to tell them apart if the plant isn't flowering.

The plant flowers from late spring to early summer with pairs of greenish-white, tube-shaped flowers dangling from the junction of leaves and stem. The green berries turn dark blue-violet when ripe.

Did you know? False Solomon's Seal has similar leaves, but the flower clusters develop at the tip of the stem, the flowers are small and star-like, and the berries are golden.