This is not a post about marine mammals...it's about a plant. And it's in honor of our friend Solomon, whose birthday is coming up. The Solomon's seals are celebrating with flowers.
Why people spend all that time worrying about the roots, I'm not exactly sure. Seems to me there's plenty of action above ground to enjoy.
In your yard: We are successfully growing Solomon's seal in our shady backyard. I'm not sure if you can buy them at retail nurseries; we ordered ours from a nearby nursery that specializes in native plants.
In the wild: Solomon's seal isn't super-common, but we've seen it in many local parks.
The one thing you might confuse it with is a plant called Solomon's plume (also "false" Solomon's seal) that has similar leaves, but the flowers are quite different and stick out at the end of the stalk rather than hanging down along it. More about that for Solomon's next birthday!