Smooth Solomon's Seal
Polygonatum biflorum / Lily Family
Length of stem: 16" - 48"
The paired flowers of the Solomon's Seal hang below the leaves. They bloom in late April. The common name comes from the seal-like scar that forms on the rootstalk or rhizome when the leaf falls off. A triploid version of this plant has 3 sets of chromosomes instead of 2, they are much larger and taller than the more common diploid versions. I found these blooming in Oak Ridge near the Melton Lake Greenways Trail in April. In the fall the plants will produce large round blue berries. (See Fruits and Seeds Gallery)
Where seen: Great Smoky Mountains NP, Frozen Head SP, Norris Dam SP, Piney River, Oak Ridge Greenways, Savage Gardens, Haw Ridge, Cumberland Trail, Ijams Nature Center