Polygonatum

Polygonatum

What a dogs dinner! There’s no genus of garden plants I find more confusing than Polygonatum.  Just try to key out Polygonatum biflorum, in cultivation for centuries , then  decide whether its not instead one of multiple other similar species or hybrids thereof. Wikipedias latest update implies there are over 70 species,  virtually everyone and certainly their grandmother has some form of the above mentioned bit of confusion growing somewhere nearby. Where is the treatise or garden book that more than brushes on them? Ok, so some are a bit subtle. And they’re terribly green. That is, aside from the seemingly  yearly slew of temptingly variegated forms coming out of Japan, instantly rebranded with a palatable English moniker. Though I have clones from she who must not be named but might be mentioned elsewhere my favourite taxa initially arrived  as a seedling from Heronswood, Polygonatum kingianum. Zealously guarded from marauding slugs  for 4 years, it was like my own little miracle when it finally bloomed. Who’d  have thought, a red Polygonatum. Gallery of Polygonatum