Maianthemum stellatum (L.) Link
Starry false lily of the valley, Starry false Solomon's seal, Star-flowered Solomon's seal
Liliaceae (Lily Family)
Starry false solomonís-seal is a dainty perennial
with a single, unbranched, arching stem,
bearing a small, terminal cluster of white, star-shaped flowers. Dark-green, oval
leaves line the 8-10 in. stem. Dark berries follow the flowers.
Image Gallery: 14 photo(s) available
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Complexity: Simple Flower:
Black, Green Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun
AK , AZ , AR , CA , CO , CT , ID , IL , IN , IA , KS , KY , ME , MD , MA , MI , MN , MO , MT , NE , NV , NH , NJ , NM , NY , ND , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SD , TN , UT , VT , VA , WA , WV , WI , WY , DC Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
AK to Lab., s. to VA, AR, NM mts. & CA Native Habitat:
Moist woods; gravelly or alluvial shores; thickets; meadows; savannas USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N),
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Dry
Soil Description: Moist, especially sandy, soils.
Conditions Comments: This species adapts to a variety of sites and soils and increases rapidly. It can be used as a ground cover.
BenefitUse Medicinal: Like onions, the fleshy roots were used to flavour other foods. Medicinlly, the roots were chewed raw or used in syrups and teas to relieve coughs. They were also applied as poultices to burns and swellings. (Kershaw)
Conspicuous Flowers: yes