Maianthemum stellata
starry false Solomon's seal

Maianthemum stellata
Maianthemum stellata
Maianthemum stellata
Photos courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Maianthemum stellata
Common name: starry false Solomon's seal
Group: monocot
Family: Liliaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 8-24"
Foliage: erect stem, alternate leaves
Flower: white, 5-10 in terminal racemes
Flowering time: early May to mid June; fruits late June to September
Habitat: moist sandy to gravelly ground of watersides, alluvium meadows, shaded woods edges (Hough, 353)
Range in New Jersey: coastal strip and Delaware bayshore
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. Maianthemum, Latin for "May blossom"; stellatum, Latin, "starry"
Can be distinguised from true solomon seals by the flowers at the end of the stem.