False Solomon’s Seal – Maianthemum racemosum

Asparagus Family – Asparagaceae

Actual flower size: 1/8 inch across

Actual flower size: 1/8 inch across

False Solomon’s Seal is also called Solomon’s Plum. Fomer Latin name was Smilacina racemosa.

Plant Description: False Solomon’s Seal has a 12 to 40 inches long, arching stem. The leaves are 3 to 8 inches long, parallel-veined, broadly lance-shaped with pointy tips. They grow in two rows, alternating up the stem, spreading horizontally, and gently clasping the stem.  At the end of the stem is a pyramid cluster of 20 or more, tiny flowers on short pedicels.

Flower Description: The flowers are 1/8 inch across. The 6 white tepals are narrow, flare out to the side and are dwarfed by the longer, broader white stamens. There is 1 short style.

Ecology: False Solomon’s Seal grows in moist soil along riverbanks and in forests and open woods at low to middle elevations.


  • It has strongly scented flowers.
  • False Solomon’s Seal has been moved from the Lily Family to the Asparagus Family.  See “APG Changes” page.

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