A herbaceous perennial growing from rhizomes, with arching stems and a series of 10-25 alternate, oval or elliptical leaves. Flowers on short floral stalks (peduncles) growing out of the leaf axils, each with 1–3 small, tubular, greenish-white flowers about 3/4 inch long, which hang like bells. Blooms May–June. Leaves sessile, broadly elliptical, to 6 inches long, with prominent parallel veins on the undersurface. Fruit a dark blue to black, many-seeded berry. Roots rhizomes, with many circular scars from the stalks of former years. The plant is named “Solomon’s seal” because the scars on the rhizomes look like the marks of an old-fashioned wax seal made by a ring, and several legends about King Solomon revolved around the magical properties of his seal.