Solomon’s seal produces bell-shaped, yellowish green to greenish white flowers in May or June. It would appear that as long as the soil was moist, and the area relatively shady, then the plant would prosper. Check out Plants of NJ to learn more! Maianthemum racemosum grows in habitats in North America up to elevations of 9,000 ft (2,743 m). The berries of False Solomon’s seal are reportedly edible and also are red according to some other sources. Where I'm at, it seems to exist commonly, though not abundantly, in our woodlands. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Foliage turns a respectable yellow in fall. The plant grows from 3-5 inches tall. At Trout River REPORT NO. Flowers are followed by greenish berries which turn an attractive ruby red in summer, often persisting into fall unless earlier consumed by wildlife. Effective with hostas and ferns. In the western part of North America an example typical habitat would be in a shaded ravine or riparian corridor with common understory associates of Dryopteris arguta, Trillium ovatum and Adiantum jordanii. False Solomon’s Seal is in bloom anywhere from May to July. Faunal Associations: The flowers are pollinated by small bees, flies, and beetles. ), but the latter have distinctly different flowers (i.e., bell-shaped flowers which droop from the leaf axils all along the stems).Genus name comes from the Greek words Maios meaning May and anthemon meaning blossom.Specific epithet means with flowers in racemes. For best growth select a shaded to partially sunny spot in the garden. Foliage resembles that of the true Solomon's seals (Polygonatum spp. ( Log Out /  18 . Today we are going to discuss False Solomon's Seal (Maianthemum racemosum). Post was not sent - check your email addresses! The plant grows from a rhizome. Ruffed Grouse and White-footed Mice eat the berries of this plant. February 20, 2008 Features unbranched, gracefully arching stems of alternate, oval, pointed, light green leaves with conspicuously parallel veins. Features unbranched, gracefully arching stems of alternate, oval, pointed, light green leaves with conspicuously parallel veins. Photo: Michael Burzynski . Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out /  The Wetland Indicator Status of False Solomon's Seal is FACU which means that most of the time you will find this plant growing in uplands. Scientific Name: Smilacina racemosa : Habitat/Season: Woodland Savanna / May-July : Comment: Native This species has a pyramidal cluster of small white flowers at the end of its stem. False Solomon seal typically grows 60 to 90 cm tall and slowly spreads by thick rhizomes, often forming large colonies. ( Log Out /  False Solomon's Seal is a part of the Lily Family of Plants. Flowering Season - May - July. Some of NJUrbanForest.com pictures are for sale! THE SPECIES STATUS ADVISORY COMMITTEE. False Solomon’s Seal – Maianthemum racemosum. As I cleaned my wooded areas further, I noticed more false Solomon’s seals appearing everywhere, regardless of the quality of the soil. False Solomon’s Seal is a native perennial, meaning that it comes back every year. On the southwestern slope of the Lewis Hills, it is an alder thicket, but at an altitude of about 600 metres. Welcome! As if to offer opportunities for comparison to the confused novice, the true Solomon's seal and the so-called false species - quite as honest a plant - … Habitats include moist to slightly dry deciduous woodlands, lower wooded slopes, edges of shady seeps, young flatwoods, woodland borders, and fence rows that are … The structure of the flowers gives the plant its alternate name of Solomon’s Plume. This is may be true sometimes, but not all the time, and so isn't a reliable pneumonic device (it's more commonly true that False Solomon's Seal's stem is "plumper" that the True). The Garden wouldn't be the Garden without our Members, Donors and Volunteers. Maianthemum racemosum (treacleberry, feathery false lily of the valley, false Solomon's seal, Solomon's plume or false spikenard; syn. The plant’s preferred habitat is partial shade and in deep, soft, and moist soils. Change ). I have not seen the red berries — probably because the wildlife eats them before they get to that stage. Habitats include mesic to dry deciduous woodlands, rocky wooded slopes, bluffs, and Black Oak foredunes near Lake Michigan. The most robust and profuse occurrences of this plant are typically found in partial shade and deep, moist, soft soils. Range & Habitat: False Solomon's Seal is a common plant that occurs in every county of Illinois (see Distribution Map), where it is native. The leaf structure of both False Solomon’s Seal and True Solomon’s Seal is similar. I've often heard it claimed that Solomon's Seal's stem is relatively straight, and that it is False Solomon's Seal's that zigzags. Smooth Solomon's Seal has racemes of flowers on the underside of the arcing stem, rather than a plume at the end. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Prefers rich, loose, moist, humusy soils. Its range extends throughout the eastern woodlands into the Midwest, and, to my knowledge, fails somewhere on its way into the West, though its sister False Solomon's Seal seems to exist there prolifically enough to have been written about by Michael Moore. Star-flowered Solomon's Seal is similar but has leaves that clasp the stem and larger flowers. Starry False Solomon's Seal prefers sunnier habitats, has fewer, larger flowers, plus its stem is often more upright and its leaves are more narrow and stiffer than False Solomon's Seal. True Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum biflorum), also of the traditional Liliaceae (Lily Family), occurs in similar habitats to false Solomon’s seal but is absent from most of the western states. Intolerant of the hot and humid summers of the deep South. The flowers hang down in clusters from the leaf axils. It blooms white flowers. After flowering, small, pea-size berries develop that turn ruby red in late summer. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. True Solomon’s Seal whose flowers hang in bell like flowers underneath the plant. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. False Solomon’s seal has been used medicinally although it does not seem to be as well documented as Solomon’s seal. False Solomon's Seal . A clump-forming perennial which typically grows 2-3' tall and slowly spreads by thick rhizomes, often forming large colonies in the wild. Distribution - Nova Scotia to Georgia; westward to Arizona and British Columbia. Seemingly disappearing in the Fall and Winter, this native flower pops back up in the Spring. Smilacina racemosa, Vagnera racemosa) is a species of flowering plant native to North America.It is a common, widespread plant known from every US state except Hawaii, and from every Canadian province and territory except Nunavut, as well as from Mexico. When mature, the stems zig-zag in lengths from 1 to 3 feet. The berries appear after the flowers have faded and start out green and turn red by late summer. Today we are going to discuss False Solomon’s Seal (Maianthemum racemosum). False Solomon's Seal (Maianthemum racemosum) Welcome! If grown on moist, humus-rich acidic soil, False Solomon’s seal will eventually forms clusters. False Solomon’s seal produces creamy white flowers in fluffy clusters at the ends of the stems in spring.