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Maianthemum racemosum subsp. racemosum


Maianthemum racemosum var. amplexicaule resembles Solomon's seal except the flowers are terminal and foamy followed by beautiful berries.

Maianthemum racemosum subsp. racemosum is the eastern North American counterpart to BC's native subspecies amplexicaule. It has more arching stems with leaves not clasping but on short, tapering petioles. The leaves are alternate and elliptic to ovate with a terminal inflorescence of foamy, pure white flowers followed by greenish yellow berries with reddish spots slowly filling in until the berries are all bright red. Resembles a Solomon's seal in habit with the difference being in the flowers. Formerly known as Smilacina racemosa.

Common Name: False Solomon's Seal

Family: Liliaceae (The Lily Family)

Zone Hardiness: 3-8

Light: Full Shade, Part Shade, Part Sun

Height: 2-4'

Width: 2-3'

Primary Bloom Colour: White/Cream

Secondary Bloom Colour:

Class: Deciduous

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Spring

Soil Moisture: Average, Moist

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: Yes

Berries: Yes

Berries: Red


Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Deciduous woodlands and along shaded roadsides and forest edges.


Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America

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