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Maianthemum dilatatum


Maianthemum dilatatum is a beautiful native ground cover of heart-shaped leaves and spikes of starry white flowers.

Maianthemum dilatatum is a beautiful native rhizomatous perennial that forms a lush ground cover of shiny heart-shaped leaves topped with short spikes of starry white flowers in spring. The resultant berries are at first greenish or greenish yellow and slowly become increasingly speckled with red through the summer turning completely red by fall. Known as false or two-leaved Solomon's seal or false lily of the valley. Formerly known scientifically as Smilacina dilatata. Tolerant of deep shade, dry shade, and moist sites. Can spread vigorously in rich soils.

Common Name: False Solomon's Seal

Family: Liliaceae (The Lily Family)

Zone Hardiness: 3-8

Light: Full Shade, Part Shade, Part Sun

Height: 12-24"

Width: 2-3'

Primary Bloom Colour: White/Cream

Secondary Bloom Colour: Green

Class: Deciduous

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Spring

Soil Moisture: Average, Moist

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: Yes

Berries: Yes

Berries: Red

Benefits: Bees, Butterflies

Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: Yes

Native Habitat: Moist to mesic temperate rainforests especially in coastal areas of Sitka spruce forests from northern California to Alaska. Also found from the Kamtchatka Peninsula into Japan and Korea.


Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America

Asia and the Pacific - Asia - China and Japan

Asia and the Pacific - North Central and Eastern Asia

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