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Pacific Plant Promotions: Polygonatum prattii

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Flowers and spring foliage of Polygonatum prattii. Author’s photographs
The Elisabeth C Miller Botanical Garden is the first in the Northwest to join the Pacific Plant Promotions program of offering exceptional plants to readers of Pacific Horticulture.
Virtually no woodland garden is complete without the presence of at least one species of Polygonatum, generally known by its common name, Solomon’s seal. About sixty species of Polygonatum are known to science. They occur on every continent in the Northern Hemisphere, with the majority native to China and Japan. China can lay claim to thirty-nine species growing within its vast borders; twenty of the species are endemic to (only found in) China.

I have had the pleasure of growing many Asian species, including one of the endemics, Polygonatum prattii, at the Elisabeth C Miller Botanical Garden in Seattle. Native to forests, thickets, and grassy slopes in mountainous areas of western Sichuan and northwestern Yunnan provinces, P. prattii occurs at an elevation of 8,200 to 10,800 feet. The Miller Garden received plants from Diana Reeck, owner of Collector’s Nur...

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