Polygonatum odoratum is also known as Polygonatum official, Scented Solomon’s Seal, Convallaria polygonatum, Polygonatum Vulgare, Polygonatum japonicum, Angled Solomon’s Seal, or Angular Solomon’s Seal. It is part of the Asparagaceae family of plants. It is related to the Lily of the Valley. It is native to Europe, China, Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Siberia, and the Caucasus.
It is a colonizing herbaceous perennial, that spreads through underground stolons. Polygonatum odoratum grows to 80cm or almost 3ft tall. It has alternate simple leaves. It produces white scented tubular flowers that have slightly greenish tips. They appear hanging from the stems in spring.
Grow Polygonatum odoratum in a moist and shaded location, in humus-rich, moist soil. Propagate by division in spring. Cut it back in late autumn. It is usually disease-free. Watch out for slugs and sawflies.
Polygonatum odoratum is used in Chinese and Korean traditional medicines. It is referred to as Yùzhú 玉竹 and 둥굴레 Dunggulle. It is also referred to in Plantas Medicinales published by Spanish botanist, Pius Font I Quer. The rhizomes were used for intestinal problems, rheumatism, gout, and diuretic.