People often ask what my favorite plant is, this plant is definitely at the top of my list. False Solomon's Seal is an outstanding multi-season plant. The flowers are creamy white plumes and unlike Solomon's seal are easy to see and add interest and texture to the garden. The leaves are arranged in a zigzagging pattern on arching stems. The stems hold up well through the summer.
Berries begin forming in June, they start off green in color. Then as the berries ripen they become green with red speckles. In late summer the fully ripe berries are bright red. When False Solomon's Seal are in berry they are a spectacular sight. Birds and wildlife will eat the berries when they are ripe.
False solomon's seal grows from an underground root stock that forms nice clumps. They prefer moist soil in Shade to Part sun. Our woods are fairly dry and they do quite well in full shade. The plant grows one to two feet. They start out at about one foot and become larger with age.
If I were just starting a woodland garden false solomon's seal would defiantly be on my must have list. They are good companion with woodland phlox, wild ginger and foam flower.
Maianthemum racemosa - False solomon's seal
-Beautiful three season plant
-Creamy white spray of flowers in the spring
-Arching stems that develop green berries with red dots in the summer
-Bright red berries in the fall
-Height: 1-1.5 feet
-Zone: 3 to 8