The False Solomon's Seal is now in bloom at the UC Botanical Garden. I love the way the plants cuddle up to the oak tree and the starry flowers are so pretty. It is six-petaled starry flowers that lead to the common name. Solomon's seal was in the shape of the Star of David, which is six-sided. The ring with the seal gave Solomon power over genies and demons and the ability to speak with animals. I wonder what he said to the butterflies? Another plant has the name Solomon's Seal. I think this one is called False Solomon's seal because it is very similar and people mistake it for the other plant. So, it is the plant that is false, not the seal.
This would be a great plant to include in a sacred plants tour. It seems like it would also be a great plant for a ground cover in this area, but I rarely see it in gardens.
As an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, I studied Conservation of Natural Resources. I took a couple of entomology classes and became very interested in insects. After I graduated, I held several jobs working with bugs: in the fields of central California, the forests of Connecticut and Idaho, and the labs of Berkeley. Then I went to grad school and studied entomology at UC Riverside and UC Berkeley (back in the olden days when UCB had an entomology department). When my kids were little, I wanted to share my love of insects with them, so I started a butterfly garden before butterfly gardens were popular. Then of course, their teachers asked me to bring caterpillars into the classroom and I started doing classroom presentations. I do presentations in elementary schools, provide teacher trainings, teach adult school classes, and bring live insect specimens to garden fairs. My book is perfect for helping elementary school kids learn about butterflies.