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Maianthemum racemosum

Maianthemum racemosum is also known by many other names, Smilacina racemes, False Spikenard, American Spikenard, Wild Spikenard, False Solomon’s Seal, Feathery False Solomon’s Seal, Feathery false Lily of the Valley, Treacleberry, Solomon’s Plume.

It is clump-forming. It grows from underground rhizomes. It is part of the Asparagaceae family of plants. Maianthemum racemosum is native to North America: the USA, Canada, and northern Mexico. The name racemosum refers to flowers appearing in racemes. It is a close relative to Polygonatum or Solomon’s Seal and therefore the name Fake Solomon’s Seal.

Maianthemum racemosum
Maianthemum racemosum
Maianthemum racemosum
Maianthemum racemosum

Maianthemum racemosum grows to about 60cm or 2ft. The Maianthemum racemosum flowers are pyramid-shaped. They are fluffy, and appear as a terminal panicle. They are white, fragrant and appear in spring. The lush foliage is broad-elliptical and alternating. The flowers are followed by green fruit that later turns into red berries.

Maianthemum racemosum
Maianthemum racemosum at Kew Garden, London, UK

Grow it in partial or full shade. Plant Maianthemum racemosum in humus-rich, fertile, but well-drained soil. Shelter it from the wind. Propagate by seed or by the division of rhizomes.

It does not require any pruning and is generally disease-free and pest-free. Maianthemum racemosum young shoots are eaten and they taste like asparagus. However, later as it grows it turns bitter. The roots were used by Native Americans as medicine used as a laxative. The fruits also have a laxative property. The plant resembles Baneberry which could be very toxic.

Maianthemum racemosumMaianthemum racemosum
Maianthemum racemosum
Maianthemum racemosum
Maianthemum racemosum

Other names or synonyms include:
Convallaria ciliata
Convallaria racemosa
Maianthemum racemosum subsp. racemosum
Polygonastrum racemosum
Sigillaria ciliata
Sigillaria multiflora
Smilacina ciliata
Smilacina flexicaulis
Smilacina latifolia
Smilacina racemosa var. cylindrata
Smilacina racemosa f. foliosa
Smilacina racemosa var. lanceolata
Tovaria racemosa
Unifolium racemosum
Vagnera australis
Vagnera racemosa
Vagnera retusa

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