PlantsMaianthemums→Starry False Solomon's Seal (Maianthemum stellatum)

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Botanical names:
Maianthemum stellatum Accepted
Smilacina stellata Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 12 - 36 inches
Plant Spread: 6 - 12 inches
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: 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


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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on May 29, 2020 8:23 AM

Nice spreading perennial of open woodlands and even dunes from Newfoundland to Brish Colombia to California & Arizona, then Kansas through Missouri & Illinois & Ohio to Virginia and New Jersey, and down the Appalachians to northern Georgia. It has unbranched, arching stems with alternate narrow-elliptic leaves about 5 to 6 inches long. In May-June it bears 2 to 3 inch long white, terminal, raceme clusters of star-like flowers. Its berries begin as green and mature to green with blue-black stripes or blackish-red or just black. The fruit is bitter, but edible for humans besides songbirds and small mammals. The young shoots can be eaten like asparagus. It is sold by some native plant nurseries, and I think it makes a nice shady garden perennial that does slowly creep by underground stems called rhizomes to eventually form a colony, though not really aggressive.

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Posted by sherrilosee (Bloomington, IN - Zone 6a) on Aug 20, 2012 7:42 PM

Spreads politely!

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