The Characteristics of Solomon’s Seal: Polygonatum biflorum vs Polygonatum multiflorum

Some people have wondered what the difference is between the species of Solomon’s Seal known as Polygonatum biflorum and Polygonatum multiflorum.

One reader writes: I believe that the plant you are talking about and referencing is the wrong plant. I believe that the actual plant you are talking about is False Solomon’s Seal. It is true that many of the healing properties are the same. Mathew Wood references Polygonatum multiflorum, not biflorum. It is the multiflorum relative that has been researched and linked with cartilage and connective tissue repair.

We consider ourselves as sincere and dedicated students of the plant, Solomon’s Seal — its history of medicinal use dating over 3000 years ago when King Solomon of Biblical fame named it himself. Our careful study as cultivators of this plant has allowed us to know its origins, varieties and medicinal qualities and uses. We are always open to further inquiry and accurate information.

It is true that Mathew Wood, in his Book of Herbal Wisdom, references only the polygonatum multiflorum genus of Solomon’s Seal.

Two years ago, in a number of personal communications and consultations we had with Mathew Wood about how to better understand the plant, its diverse healing properties, and how to properly create and prepare our formulas, he affirmed the biflorum’s medicinal potency, if not equal in all respects to multiflorum. Furthermore, he believed even False Solomon’s Seal had medicinal qualities. However, a preponderant amount of evidence was not available to widely promote False Solomon’s Seal as compared to the medicinal reputations of polygonatum multiflorum and polygonatum biflorum. Continue reading