Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database


Maianthemum dilatatum (False Lily-of-The Valley)

 

Kingdom

 Plantae Plants

Subkingdom

 Tracheobionta Vascular plants

Superdivision

 Spermatophyta Seed plants

Division

 Magnoliophyta Flowering plants

Class

 Liliopsida Monocotyledons

Subclass

 Liliidae

Order

 Liliales

Family

 Liliaceae Lily family

Genus

 Maianthemum F.H. Wigg. mayflower

Species

 Maianthemum dilatatum (Alph. Wood) A. Nelson & J.F. Macbr. false lily of the valley

This northwest native perennial has glossy green heart-shaped leaves and small flower spikes. The fruit are tiny berries turning from green to brown and eventually red as they mature.

An excellent ground cover, this plant barely reaches 1 tall and spreads rapidly.

Native from Alaska to northern California, USDA 4-9, False Lily-of-the-Valley is found in moist, shaded forests and boggy areas. It saw wide use medicinally among Native groups.

   

Left, photo by Walter Siegmund

Right, photo by Daniel Gies

 
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