Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database

Maianthemum racemosum (False Solomon's Seal)



 Plantae – Plants


 Tracheobionta – Vascular plants


 Spermatophyta – Seed plants


 Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants


 Liliopsida – Monocotyledons






 Liliaceae – Lily family


 Maianthemum F.H. Wigg. – mayflower


 Maianthemum racemosum (L.) Link – feathery false lily of the valley

A showy perennial, False Solomon’s Seal is native to the Pacific northwest.

It is very hardy, surviving between USDA zones 3-8. Reaching heights of up to 3,’ False Solomon’s Seal will form clumps in very little time.

It is an exceptionally easy plant to establish in a moist, shaded spot in the garden and asserts itself in the gentlest of ways.

The arching stems bear many alternate, 2˝ – 6”glossy green leaves, which make a tasty addition to salads and soups.

Gorgeous, creamy white flowers develop in clusters at the tip of the stems, followed by dense clusters of berries.

The flowers emit a lovely scent.

Native groups respected the medicinal qualities of this plant.

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