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Maianthemum racemosum

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, neutral, rich, average

Height: 2'-3'

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

Flower of Maianthemum racemosum ( false Solomon's seal)
  • Flower of Maianthemum racemosum ( false Solomon's seal)
  • Flower of Maianthemum racemosum ( false Solomon's seal)
  • Maianthemum racemosum ( false Solomon's seal)
  • Flower of Maianthemum racemosum ( false Solomon's seal)

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Description

Maianthemum racemosum

Also known as:

false Solomon's seal

,

feathery false lily of the valley

,

false spikenard

Scientific Synonyms:

Smilacina racemosa

Description

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.

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Propagate by division in fall. Propagate by planting fresh seeds that have been stripped of their pulp.

Additional Notes

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

Native Range:
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

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Liliidae
Order Liliales
Family Liliaceae Lily family
Genus Maianthemum mayflower
Species Maianthemum racemosum false Solomon's seal