Starry False Solomon’s Seal

Smilacina stellata

Smilacine étoilée

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.

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

The berries are edible when ripe.

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.

In nature Clearings and borders.

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.

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Companion plant suggestions include Native Ferns, Wild Ginger and other shade loving plants

Caring for Starry False Solomon’s Seal

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 happiest in Rich, humusy, consistently moist but well-drained soils.

In terms of water, Starry False Solomon’s Seal needs Moist

Pruning Smilacine étoilée

Propogate by division in early Autumn, or by seed. Spreads by rhizomes to form colonies.


No serious diseases or pest issues.

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.