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Maianthemum racemosum

 
Maianthemum racemosum

Synonym(s) Smilacina racemosa
Common name false Solomon's seal; treacleberry
Family ruscaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z3-8)
Flowers creamy white (spring)
Size 24-36"
Light part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil (not too dry)

Looks much like its more commonly cultivated cousin Polygonatum (that would be the "true" Solomon's seal) in its foliage, similarly sending up unbranched, arching stems with alternate pointed leaves. The flowers are quite different though, appearing at the ends of the stems in racemes, instead of all along the stems as individual flowers. It is a common wildflower in forests throughout the eastern United States.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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