False Solomon’s Seal

False Solomon’s Seal

Botanical Name: Maianthemum racemosum

En Français: Smilacine à grappes


This plant grows from 30 to 75 cm tall. It has a zigzagging stalk at the tip of which is a flower head or cluster of fruit, depending on the season.

Best when massed in naturalized plantings, wild gardens, native plant gardens, or woodland gardens. Effective with hostas and ferns. Also may be grown in shady borders or in moist areas near streams or ponds.

Flower and fruit are showy and its flower is fragrant

Other Characteristics

Pollinators: Birds, Mammals

Sun/Shade: Shade

Planting and Care Considerations

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.

Roots do not like to be disturbed, particularly before plant becomes established.

Effective with hostas and ferns.

Spread: up to 70cm

Water: Moist

Best Soil: Moist, humusy but well drained soil

Growth Habit: