Maianthemum racemosum (Smilacina racemosa)
Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry)
Sun: Full Sun – Shade
Height: 16-32 inches
Blooms: April – June
Suggested Uses: Solomon’s Plume is a very nice ground cover for a woodland garden or shoreline restoration project. Its rhizhomatous root system makes it a good choice for soil stabilization and erosion control. The plants die back to the ground each year and leave a small scar on the rootstock. This scar is similar to Solomon’s seal.
Native Range: Native to woodlands throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Pollinators: Pollinated by bees, moths, and flies. Birds and small mammals eat the fruit.
Flowers: The flowers have 6 sepals and 6 stamens. The anthers are pale yellow and the ovary is superior.
Leaves: The oblong leaves alternate along the branch and have 3-5 main veins.
Other Names: False Spikenard, Feathery False Lily of the Valley.
More information: USDA plant profile
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade, Dry Soil, Mesic Soil, Spring Blooming, Short Height, Medium Height