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PlantFiles: False Solomon's Seal, Spikenard, Solomon's Plume, Feathery False Lily of the Valley
Maianthemum racemosum

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Maianthemum (may-an-the-mum) (Info)
Species: racemosum (ray-see-MO-sum) (Info)

Synonym:Convallaria racemosa
Synonym:Polygonastrum racemosum
Synonym:Smilacina racemosa
Synonym:Tovaria racemosa
Synonym:Unifolium racemosum

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14 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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4 neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Ouroboros On Dec 21, 2014, Ouroboros from Hillsboro, OR wrote:

Contrary to what this page says, Mianthemum racemosa is actually a part of the Liliaceae family, not Asparagaceae. It is a monocot not a dicot. Lilies can be identified by indicators such as their parallel venation, and stamens, pistils, petals, sepals, leaves all in 3's or 6's.

Positive plant_it 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.

Looks nice with hostas and ferns.

Neutral daryl 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.

Positive CaptMicha On Jun 15, 2007, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Attractive plant flowers same time as Soloman's seal but with feathery flowers.

Very unassuming, planted in my woodland garden with Soloman's Seal. They look very much alike out of flower and seed.

Neutral raisedbedbob 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.

Positive sensations On Apr 20, 2005, sensations wrote:

This plant grows throught the woods around here in the high cascades. It is pretty and has medical properties used by herbalists.

Positive chuck42446 On May 5, 2002, chuck42446 from Spruce Pine, NC wrote:

Plants grow to 1' to 2' tall and bloom in early-mid Spring. Need shade. Easily transplanted.

Neutral Sis On Sep 10, 2001, Sis wrote:

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
Potlatch, Idaho
Moline, Illinois
Lafayette, Indiana
New Carlisle, Indiana
Valparaiso, Indiana
Des Moines, Iowa
Bethelridge, Kentucky
Richmond, Maine
Brookeville, Maryland
Oakland, Maryland
Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Foxboro, Massachusetts
Haydenville, Massachusetts
Holland, Massachusetts
Grand Haven, Michigan
Milford, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Cole Camp, Missouri
Piedmont, Missouri
North Walpole, New Hampshire
Frenchtown, New Jersey
Blossvale, New York
Canastota, New York
Carmel, New York
Croton On Hudson, New York
Hendersonville, North Carolina
Glouster, Ohio
Hillsboro, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Millersburg, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Tremonton, Utah
Blacksburg, Virginia
Leesburg, Virginia
Lexington, Virginia
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Nordland, Washington
Port Hadlock-irondale, Washington
Port Townsend, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Ellsworth, Wisconsin
Washington Island, Wisconsin

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