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Maianthemum racemosum (Smilacina racemosa)

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Common Name:  False Solomon’s Seal, Solomon’s Plume

Part shade to light shade, moderately wet to dry moisture level, rich humusy soil, moderately acid pH.  1-3 feet height, blooms in spring, white flowers, spreads slowly by rhizomes and will self-seed.

Germination Code: F, L

Native Region: Statewide

Showy, fragrant flowers on a clump-forming plant with red berries.  Easy to grow.  Foliage resembles the true Solomon’s Seals (Polygonatum spp.) but the latter have distinctly different flowers.  Most effective when planted in groups.  Roots do not like to be disturbed.  Attracts birds.

False Solomon’s Seal, Solomon’s Plume - Maianthemum racemosum (Smilacina racemosa)
Photo Courtesy of Prairie Moon Nursery http://www.prairiemoon.com/
False Solomon’s Seal, Solomon’s Plume - Maianthemum racemosum (Smilacina racemosa) 1
Photo Courtesy of Prairie Moon Nursery http://www.prairiemoon.com/