Starry False Solomon’s Seal
Starry False Solomon’s Seal has attractive foilage, flowers, and berries that forms a dense groundcover once established. The narrow oval shaped leaves are about 3-12 cm long (2”-5”) and arranged alternately in 2 rows along the stem.
Botanical Name: Smilacina stellata
Nom Français: Smilacine étoilée

Features

Bloom colour: White
Blooms: Spring - Zone 5 | Summer - Zone 5
Pollinators: Bees | Birds | Other
Sun or Shade: Shade
Plant Type: Perennial
Height: Up to 2 feet (70 cm)
Across Canada
It grows well in hardiness zones: 3-7

Also known as the "starry false lily of the valley," white star-shaped flowers appear at the tips of leafy stems in June. They are followed by greenish berries with black stripes which ripen to dark red. The berries are eaten by woodland songbirds, including various woodland thrushes and the veery bird. These animals help to distribute the seeds.

Planting

Clearings and borders
Water requirement: Moist
Rich, humusy, consistently moist but well-drained soils.

Care

Put mulch down such as woodchips or flax straw when planting to keep the weeds down until the plants fill the space. In autumn, let the falling leaves remain on the plants to top up the mulch every year.
It is a mid size plant growing 20-50 cm tall (8”-20”).
No serious diseases or pest issues.

Pruning

Spread: Up to 60 cm
Propogate by division in early Autumn, or by seed. Spreads by rhizomes to form colonies.

Considerations

A showy flow with bright white flowers and green, oval shaped leaves that attracts birds, it is paired well with hostas and ferns.
Native to Canada

Styling and Use

Starry False Slomon's Seal grows in woods, savannas, prairies and moist areas. It prefers full to partial sun and moist to slightly dry soils. It will tolerate shade but flower production will be less.
Native Ferns, Wild Ginger and other shade loving plants

Other

The berries are edible when ripe.

History

The roots were used to flavour foods. The roots were chewed raw or used in syrups or teas to relieve coughing. They were also applied as cataplasms to burns and swelling. Native American tribes used this species' roots medicinally, including to treat stomach problems, menstrual disorders, and venereal disease.

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