Greenish-white bell-shaped tubular flowers dangle in rows along the stems in late spring and become small round blue-black fruits in early fall. Native peoples used the root tea for ailments of stomach and lung and for general debility, and used washes from the root for external injuries. Western herbalists use the root as a connective tissue anti-inflammatory and to strengthen weak joints and ligaments.
Don’t confuse it with False Solomon’s Seal, which has a plume-like flower at the end of the stem. As herbalist Jim McDonald points out, in the woods “there’s always more False Solomon’s Seal than True, and this makes its ecological status an important consideration, especially when harvesting.” Therefore, it’s best to grow your own patch for making herbal remedies.
Solomon’s Seal is ideal for the shade or woodland garden. Z3. (bare-root crowns)
When you receive your order, open the bags and check the stock. Roots and crowns should be firm and pliable. If they are slightly dry, add a little water or, if they are going to be potted up soon, wet the roots. Generally, a little surface mold is harmless and will not affect the plant’s future performance. If you cannot pot them up immediately, store them in a cool (35–40°) location for a short time.
Do not plant bare-root perennial plant crowns directly outdoors.
Pot up the rootstock using well-drained potting mix in a deep 6" pot or a 1-gallon container. Avoid coiling the roots in under-sized containers.Grow newly potted perennials for a few weeks in a protected location in indirect light at 50–60°. Wet and/or cold conditions for an extended period may cause rotting.Transplant outside once they show some top growth and the danger of frost has passed.
For more info:About planting bare-root perennials.