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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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13 June, 2015

Solomons-seal: ladder to heaven | Nature Notes from Dorset

The presence of Solomon's-seal (Polygonatum multiflorum) is a pretty sure sign you are in ancient woodland; unless, that is, you are in someone's garden as it is grown as a popular cottage garden flower where it can be grown in shaded locations. Not encountered in the wild that often but where it is it can form quite large patches.
This is a member of the asparagus family and has a characteristic arching stem with a series of pale cream bell-shaped flowers falling downwards on the underside of the stem. It has large bright green ribbed leaves. 

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