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Solomon’s plume

Smilacina racemosa

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This shade-loving perennial produces plumes of creamy white blossoms in spring, followed by mottled yellowish-green berries that turn to deep red. The fragrant, ivory white blossoms occur on the ends of arching branches, distinguishing them from true Solomon’s seal ( Polygonatum ). The plant grows to 3 feet high and 2 feet wide.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsThese plants from North America and Mexico have distinctively veined leaves. Group them in woodland beds, shady borders, and native plantings.

CareProvide rich, humusy, moist but well-drained soil in part or full shade.

PropagationSow seed in a cold frame when ripe; divide in spring.

ProblemsLeaf spots, rust.

  • Genus : Smilacina
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Self Seeds, Showy Fruit
  • Uses : Ground Covers, Shade
  • Bloom Time : Late Spring, Spring
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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