Polygonatum stewartianum CDHM 14505
Our collection of this verticillate (leaves in a spoke or whorled arrangement on stem) species from a chilly mountain summit at almost 11000'. Even at this elevation, there was still active grazing by domestic animals and tasty morsels like this were to be found only in the embrace of woody and unappealing shrubs like Berberis. Wreathed in gloomy and mysterious hill fog, the red fruit on this Polygonatum shone like baubles most desirous. A smaller species, upright 16"-24" tall and fairly sun tolerant if that is your only choice rather than the preferred part to light shade.