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Smilacina stellata

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Common Name: Starry False Lily of the Valley, Starry Solomon’s Plume, Star-flowered Solomon’s Seal, Little False Solomon’s Seal

Part to full shade, moderately wet to dry moisture level, prefers sandy soil but adapts to a variety of soils, moderately acid to neutral pH.  1-2 feet height, blooms in spring, white flowers, spreads by rhizomes and can increase rapidly.

Germination Code:  F, 

Native Region: Only occurs in Pickett and Sullivan counties

Designated an “Endangered Species” in Tennessee.  A dainty perennial with star-shaped flowers.  Best grown in rich, loose, humusy soils. Especially hot, humid summers hamper growth. Can be used as a groundcover. Produces black globose fruits up to 1/4 inch in diameter, which are bitter-tart in taste but edible.

Starry False Lily of the Valley, Starry Solomon’s Plume, Star-flowered Solomon’s Seal, Little False Solomon’s Seal - Smilacina stellata 2
Photo Courtesy of John Hilty http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/