Solomon's plume

Smilacina racemosa

Photo/Illustration: 
Virginia Small
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Solomon's plume (Smilacina racemosa)
smy-la-SEE-nah rass-ih-MOE-sah
Synonyms:  Maianthemum racemosum
Genus:  Smilacina
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 Characteristics:  These plants from North America and Mexico have distinctively veined leaves. Group them in woodland beds, shady borders, and native plantings.
Care:  Provide rich, humusy, moist but well-drained soil in part or full shade.
Propagation:  Sow seed in a cold frame when ripe; divide in spring.
Problems:  Leaf spots, rust.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Birds,
Fragrant Flowers,
Native,
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Late Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers,
Naturalizing
Style
Shade,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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Red trillium
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Fragrant Solomon’s seal
Polygonatum odoratum
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