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Plant Details

Maianthemum racemosum ssp. racemosum [= Smilacina racemosa]

Eastern Solomon's-plume, False Solomon's-seal, Feathery False Lily-of-the-valley

Scientific Name:

Maianthemum racemosum ssp. racemosum [= Smilacina racemosa]

Common Name:

Eastern Solomon's-plume, False Solomon's-seal, Feathery False Lily-of-the-valley

Plant Family

Liliaceae (Lily Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Herb/Wildflower

Size in Feet:

2

Light:

Shade

Soil Moisture:

Mesic(*)

Bloom Time:

April - May - June

Bloom Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, ne Coast

Habitat Description:

Forests. Common in NC Mountains and Piedmont, uncommon in Coastal Plain.

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

Notes:

Compare with the real Solomon's Seal, Polygonatum biflorum.

The feathery, creamy-white masses of flowers borne at the end of the stem distinguish this species from the true Solomons seals (Polygonatum spp.), which have pendulous, axillary, bell-like flowers. The rhizome lacks the seal-like pattern of the true Solomons seals, but exhibits circular stem scars. (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center)

Some recommendations to plant in larger groups for good landscape impact

Blooming Plant

The False Solomon's Seal bloom is at the end of the stalk, rather than a row of blooms dangling beneath.

image

Black Mountain, late April 2002
© MB Baumeister

Foliage

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Black Mountain, late April 2002
© MB Baumeister

Budding Plant

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Black Mountain, late April 2002
© MB Baumeister

Blooms

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Black Mountain, late April 2002
© MB Baumeister

Ripe Fruit

Late August '08

image

Tom Harville

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Flora of North America
Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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