Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: part-shade, shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: acid, neutral, rich, average
Bloom Time: March, April, May, June
Bloom Color: white
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: berries, colonizing, fall interest, fragrant flowers, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, pond margin plant, shade garden plant, showy fruit, stream margin plant, woodland plant
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Maianthemum racemosumAlso known as:
false Solomon's seal,
feathery false lily of the valley,
Producing feathery plumes of lemon-scented, creamy-white flowers, false Solomon's seal will grow to a height of 3 feet. The stems arch gracefully above the light green, deeply veined elliptical leaves. In summer flowers will give way to conspicuous bright red berries, and in fall the foliage will turn an attractive yellow.
Maianthemum racemosum enjoys a huge native range that extends coast to coast, well into Mexico and as far north as the Arctic circle. Highly adaptable, it should be provided a cool spot with good air circulation, where summers are hot and humid. Most effective in massed plantings, it will slowly colonize if left undisturbed. Due to its extensive range, bloom times may vary within it, from March to June. Zones 2-8
Propagate by division in fall. Propagate by planting fresh seeds that have been stripped of their pulp.
False Solomon's seal is a graceful shade plant with attractive, long lasting foliage, that can be combined beautifully with ferns. As the common names indicate, Maianthemum racemosum is reminiscent of lily of the valley, spikenard and Solomon's seal.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY
USDA Endangered Status:
- Salvage Restricted: AZ
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