Polygonatum multiflorum Health effects and herbal facts

Known as
Solomon's-seal

Polygonatum multiflorum is a species of flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae, native to Europe and temperate Asia. In Britain it is one of three native species of the genus, the others being P. odoratum and P. verticillatum. It is a rhizomatous perennial growing to 90 cm tall by 25 cm broad, with arching stems of alternate leaves, and slightly necked, pendent tubular white flowers with green tips, hanging from the undersides of the stems. It is valued in cultivation for its ability to colonise shady areas, and is suitable for a woodland style planting. The specific epithet multiflorum means "many-flowered". The hybrid Polygonatum × hybridum has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

Polygonatum multiflorum

Medical use

Economic importance of Polygonatum multiflorum

Environmental ornamental
Medicines folklore
Vertebrate poisons mamals

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Geografical distribution

  • ASIA-TEMPERATE
    Native
    • Western Asia: Turkey
    • Caucasus: Russian Federation - Ciscaucasia
  • ASIA-TROPICAL
    Native
    • Indian Subcontinent: Nepal
  • EUROPE
    Native
    • Northern Europe: Denmark; Finland; Norway; United Kingdom
    • Middle Europe: Austria; Belgium; Czechoslovakia; Germany; Hungary; Netherlands; Poland; Switzerland
    • East Europe: Belarus; Russian Federation - European part; Ukraine
    • Southeastern Europe: Albania; Bulgaria; Former Yugoslavia; Greece; Italy; Romania
    • Southwestern Europe: France; Spain

Biological activities

Antibacterial
Ent-epicatechin found in Root
Antimutagenic
Convulsant
Hepatotoxic
Pesticide
Ent-epicatechin found in Root

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Chemicals detected

Chemical Plant part Low ppm High ppm
Ent-epicatechin Root
L-alpha,gamma-diaminobutyric-acid Plant
L-azetidine-2-carboxylic-acid Rhizome
Reference: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. [Online Database]