Polygonatum (King Solomon's-seal, Solomon's Seal) is a genus of about 50 species of flowering plants within the family Ruscaceae, formerly classified in the lily family Liliaceae.

Some species of this genus have medicinal properties, and some (in particular P. sibiricum) are used as an tisane in traditional Chinese medicine, which is called dungulle in Korea.

Some Polygonatum shoots are edible, cooked like asparagus, as are the roots - after appropriate treatment - being a good source of starch .

Selected species

  • P. lasianthu
  • P. latifolium - Broadleaf Solomon's-seal
  • P. macropodium - Big Footed Solomon's-seal
  • P. maximowiczii
  • P. multiflorum - (Common) Solomon's-seal
  • P. odoratum - Scented (or Angular) Solomon's-seal
  • P. orientale - Oriental Solomon's-seal
  • P. pubescens - Downy Solomon's-seal
  • P. sibiricum
  • P. stenanthum
  • P. verticillatum - Whorled Solomon's-seal
  • P. × hybridum - Garden Solomon's-seal
  • Medicinal uses

    Revolving primarily around the root, "Solomon's Seal" are traditionally used in a range of afflictions from menopause to broken bones. As a topical application, the root are said to expedite the healing of cuts and bruises, skin irritations and inflammations, and as a face wash is good for acne, blemishes and all kinds of imperfections of the skin. When consumed as a tea, it is said to alleviate a range of symptoms associated with menopause, indigestion, diabetes, broken bones, insomnia, kidney pains, and even infertility.

    Its use to fight diabetes was first observed in 1930 by Langecker. After experiments, he concluded that it was effective in fighting nutritional hyperglycemia, though not that caused by adrenaline release, probably due to its content in glucokinin.


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