Apr. 11, 2017

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Botanists are sometimes described as lumpers or splitters, depending on tendencies to combine or divide groups of plants they're describing.  Solomon's-seal and its close relatives like lily-of-the-valley are among the many species that have now been split from the once large lily family.  The varieties of smooth Solomon's-seal, however, are now combined in one species.  So I guess you could say it's a split lump.  This certainly adds to the dissonance we older wildflower enthusiasts feel when trying to reconcile our favorite old manuals with modern terminology.