Star-flowered Solomon’s Seal – Maianthemum stellatum

Asparagus Family – Asparagaceae

Actual flower size: 1/2 inch across

Actual flower size: 1/2 inch across

Star-flowered Solomon’s Seal is also called Starry Solomon’s Seal and Star-flowered False Solomon’s Seal. Former Latin name was Smilacina stellat

Plant Description: Star-flowered Solomon’s Seal is a perennial. The single stem is 1 to 2 feet long, arching, with 5 to 20 star-like flowers at the tip, each on its own stalk.  The leaves alternate up the stem in 2 rows, with the stem bending at each node, zigzag fashion. The leaves are slightly clasping, up to 7 inches long, lance-shaped with a pointed tip, and heavily parallel-veined.

Flower Description: The 6 tepals are white, narrowly oblong, .25 inches long, flared out and longer than the 6 white stamens. The style is short.

Ecology: Star-flowered Solomon’s Seal grows in moist woods and along streams at middle to higher elevations.  It is often abundant, forming a 2 foot high understory.

Note: Star-flowered Solomon’s Seal has been moved from the Lily Family to the Asparagus Family.  See “APG Changes” page.

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