We've all heard the rhyme "April showers bring May flowers", but just what blooms in May?
Follow along as we post about a new flower every day in May, some familiar, some may be new, all beautiful in their unique sort of way!
These two hearty woodland plants are both of the same family, with some obvious differences.
The main difference between the two is the plume bloom is only at the end of the stalk, where as the seal flowers travel the whole way down the stalk in two/three part dangles.
Solomon's seal has been used medicinally and as food in the past; young shoots can be boiled for 10 minutes and served like asparagus. Whole shoots can be cut up and added to salads. The rootstocks can be added to stew or boiled for 20 minutes and eaten like potatoes.
Solomon's Plume's roots have been used to make a tea to treat coughs and constipation. Berries are edible but not very tasty (Solomon's seal berries are poisonous and should not be ingested).
Since 2015 we have been exploring and sharing all the amazing things we’ve found in nature.
Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who is most often found out in the woods.