Solomon’s Seal

Smilacina racemosa

Family Lily (Liliaceae)
Bloom Spring, summer
Habitat Moist deciduous forest
Status Native
Cycle Perennial
Height 16-36″
Flower Flowers form a cluster of many tiny star-shaped white flowers at the tip of a single long arching stem. Clusters are 3-5″ long and each individual flower is made of 3 petals and 3 petal-like sepals, giving the appearance of 6 petals.
Leaf Leaves are large and in a flat plane with a row on each side of the stem. They are stalkless ovals 3-6″ long, hairy underneath with heavy parallel veining.
Notes The stems are arched (neither upright nor reclining on the ground) and covered with fine hairs. A spike flower cluster at the end of the stem distinguishes it from Smooth Solomon’s Seal whose flowers hang beneath the stem. The waxy red berries are not edible.


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