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 and 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 can grow to 80cm or almost 3ft tall. It has alternate simple leaves. It produces white scented tubular flowers that have slightly greenish tips. The appear hanging from the stems in spring.
Plant Polygonatum odoratumin 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, but watch out for slugs and sawflies.
Polygonatum odoratum is used in Chinese and Korean traditional medicines and 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 rhizoes were used for intestinal problems, rehumatism, gout, and diuretic.