Small Solomonseal
Polygonatum biflorum (Walt.) Ell. (Liliaceae)

Common Names
Small solomonseal, conquer-John, dwarf solomonís seal, hairy solomonís seal, sealwort, solomonís seal.

Description
A perennial that grows to 3 feet in height. It can be distinguished from Smilacina racemosa by the 1 to 4 flowers that hang from the axils of the leaves, which are about 4 inches long, 2 inches wide, and hairy below. Berries are globular, black or blue.

Flowering Period
April to May.

Habitat
Dry to moist, sandy, loamy areas, or in rocky woods.

Harvest
Root in fall.

Uses
Roots and rhizomes are mildly astringent, diuretic, emetic, and tonic.

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