Wildflowers of New York

Maianthemum racemosum

A photographic collection and brief reference to help identify Wildflowers found in New York

False Solomon Seal
- Maianthemum racemosum


Lily Family

The gracefully arching plant at first sight looks like the true Solomon Seal found in gardens. Wild False Solomon Seal differs from the garden variety by having its flowers in a terminal cluster. The garden variety has its flowers in the leaf axils. (where the upper side of a leaf is attached to the stem)

Creamy white starry flowers
I've never timed it right to get a photo of the open flowers but I've been close and managed to shoot the flower buds just before opening.

In my opinion the immature berries are the most aesthetically pleasing part of the plant. The immature mottled green and red berries will turn red as they age.

The plant spreads by rhizomes (roots) and can establish large colonies.

Found: Woods
Height: 1 - 3 feet
May - July bloom time

False Solomon Seal

False Solomon Seal

False Solomon Seal

False Solomon Seal

False Solomon Seal

False Solomon Seal