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Maianthemum stellatum (L.) Link
Starry false lily of the valley, Starry false Solomon's seal, Star-flowered Solomon's seal
Synonyms: Smilacina stellata
USDA Symbol: MAST4
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Complexity: Simple Flower:
Black, Green Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun
AK , AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DC , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MT , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SD , TN , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY 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: Dry , Moist
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
division and division of mature plants are propagation options. Seed may also be used. Seed Collection:
Not Available Seed Treatment:
Cold-warm-cold stratification enhances the germination rate. Commercially Avail:
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CADelaware Nature Society
- Hockessin, DE
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Record Modified: 2010-05-05
Research By: TWC Staff