Hardiness: USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F) USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade Light Shade Partial to Full Shade
On May 23, 2013, plant_it from Valparaiso, IN wrote:
I like the tiny, fragrant, creamy white flowers that appear at the stem ends in spring. Flowers are followed by greenish berries which turn an attractive ruby red in summer. Foliage turns a respectable yellow in fall. Birds and wildlife enjoy the berries.
On Jul 30, 2008, daryl from vernon, BC (Zone 6a) wrote:
The aboriginal peoples of the southern interior of British Columbia had many uses for the false Solomon's seal.The Secwepemc used the roots as a blood purifier,and the Nlaka'pmx used them as an internal medicine and "woman's medicine".The young greens and fleshy rhizomes were eaten by the Secwepemc and others.The Secwepemc,Nlaka'pmx ,Okanagan and the Lil'wae'ul also ate the berries.In the spring,the St'at'imc gathered the rhizomes and berries to make a cleanser for fishing nets.The name Solomon's seal is thought to refer to the rhizomes,which, when cut,bear surface scars or markings that resemble the seal of Solomon,a six pointed star.
On Feb 13, 2006, raisedbedbob from Walkerton, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:
According to the Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants, American Indians used a root tea for constipation, rheumatism, and a stomach tonic. Root smoke was inhaled to treat insanity and to quiet a crying child. Leaf tea was used as a contraceptive and for coughs. Exrernally used for bleeding, rashes and itch.
Small,starry creamy white flowers are borne in terminal, plume-like clusters. Red berries ripen in late summer.
Plants burn in full sun; give shade, especially from afternoon sun.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Cullman, Alabama Parker, Colorado Onaway, Idaho Moline, Illinois Lafayette, Indiana New Carlisle, Indiana Valparaiso, Indiana Des Moines, Iowa Bethelridge, Kentucky Richmond, Maine Brookeville, Maryland Loch Lynn Heights, Maryland Bridgewater, Massachusetts Foxborough, Massachusetts Haydenville, Massachusetts Holland, Massachusetts Grand Haven, Michigan Milford, Michigan Royal Oak, Michigan Minneapolis, Minnesota Cole Camp, Missouri Piedmont, Missouri Frenchtown, New Jersey Blossvale, New York Canastota, New York Croton-on-hudson, New York Barker Heights, North Carolina Glouster, Ohio Salem, Oregon Laflin, Pennsylvania Millersburg, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania India Hook, South Carolina Elwood, Utah Leesburg, Virginia Lexington, Virginia Merrimac, Virginia Virginia Beach, Virginia Kalama, Washington Marrowstone, Washington Port Hadlock-irondale, Washington Port Townsend, Washington Walnut Grove, Washington Ellsworth, Wisconsin