False Solomon's Seal (Maianthemum racemosum) in the Maianthemums Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Maianthemum racemosum Accepted
Smilacina racemosa Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: 6 - 8 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 48 inches
Leaves: Good fall color
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Red berries containing 1-4 seeds each
Fruiting Time: Summer
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Groundcover
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Tolerates dry shade
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: Stratify seeds: Seeds need alternating periods of warm and cold stratification to germinate
Other info: Seeds have chemical inhibitors that prevent germination if they are not removed
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Beetles

This just turned up in my garden one year.

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Posted by soluble on Jan 30, 2013 7:09 PM

A subtly gorgeous native plant. I've seen it growing wild in the woods here (In Massachusetts) as well as in Michigan. The red berries that follow the flowers are every bit as attractive as the flowers, both of which sprout from the ends of arching stems that very much resemble solomon's seal.

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Oct 4, 2015 9:52 PM

Native in the Pacific Northwest, found in moist to wet shaded areas. The berries, mottled green to begin with and then bright red, are edible but not particularly palatable. Naturalizes readily in areas it likes, then goes dormant about mid-summer. Used medicinally by various native peoples. I find it a good companion for bulbs.

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