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Maianthemum stellatum (L.) Link
Starry false lily of the valley, Starry false Solomon's seal, Star-flowered Solomon's seal
Synonym(s): Convallaria stellata, Smilacina liliacea, Smilacina sessilifolia, Smilacina stellata, Smilacina stellata var. crassa, Smilacina stellata var. mollis, Smilacina stellata var. sessilifolia, Smilacina stellata var. sylvatica, Vagnera liliacea, Vagnera sessilifolia, Vagnera stellata
USDA Symbol: MAST4
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
, 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
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:
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2013-06-24
Research By: TWC Staff