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False Solomon’s seal

Scientific name

Maianthemum racemosum


False Solomon's Seal is a perennial wildflower species that typically grows about 70 cm in height. This plant may also be known by the common names Solomon's Plume or False Spikenard. The leaves are large, shiny, light green coloured, alternately arranged, broadly ovate shaped, have prominent veins, and have entire margins. The flowers are tiny, fragrant, white coloured with creamy yellow stamens, appear in flat panicle clusters on flowering stalks, and bloom between April and May. These flowers produce bright red berries that are edible to humans. The flowers are beneficial to pollinator species, including bees and butterflies. The berries are beneficial to wildlife species, like birds and small mammals.

Planting conditions

False Solomon's Seal grows best in moist to normal conditions with partial sun exposure. It prefers well-drained, organically rich loam or humus soil types. It tolerates full shade and sandy or rocky soil. This wildflower can be naturally found in forests and along shaded rocky shorelines.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 1.5m
    • Max 2m
    • Max 3m
    • Any
  • Moisture level:
    • Dry
    • Normal
    • Moist
  • Light conditions:
    • Partial sun
    • Shade
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
    • Loamy
    • Humus
    • Rocky
  • pH:
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Wildflower
  • Eco Zone:
    • 3b
    • 4a
    • 4b
    • 5a
    • 5b
    • 6a
    • 6b
    • 7a
    • 7b
    • 8a
    • 8b
  • Plant type:
    • Wildflower
  • Height:
    • 70 cm
  • Spread:
    • 50 cm