Solomon’s Seal (NPM ’16-Day 24)

24 Apr

Solomon’s Seal

lacy petticoat
green leaves bower leggy height
cure for many ills

texture complements
pieris, hostas, roses
salve for green-starved eyes

© 2016 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)


My sister gave me a Solomon’s Seal plant about a year ago. It did well. But when it came up this spring,  I had forgotten all about it and it took me a while to figure out what it was. Then I saw the telltale row of flowers under the leaves—so different from any other plant I’ve ever seen—and I remembered.

Solomon’s Seal has a reputation for being quite a healer. Ancients ground its roots to powder to made it into tea for stomach ailments, combined it with lard to smooth over bruised and freckled skin, expected it to aid in the healing of broken bones, hemorrhoids, and tumors. Despite its poisonous leaves and berries, it was credited with being a virtual medicine cabinet in one plant! Read more about it HERE.

I’m quite content to let it do its healing from a distance, with its beauty.


Posted by on April 24, 2016 in Haiku, Nature, Objects, Personal


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2 responses to “Solomon’s Seal (NPM ’16-Day 24)

  1. margaretsmn

    April 24, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    What a fascinating plant. I have never heard of Solomon’s Seal. Would it grow in the south? “Salve for green starved eyes,” this is the love of spring green.


    • Violet Nesdoly

      April 24, 2016 at 9:50 pm

      Thanks, Margaret! I don’t know if Solomon’s Seal would grow in the south. I know it likes shade and is native to our parts. Worth checking out! It’s pretty–at least in the spring-bloom stage.

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