Smilacina is made up of a couple of dozen species of mainly rhizomatous perennials from woodlands in Asia, North America, and Central America. Plants in this genus are similar to Polygonatum , with unbranched, arching stems and terminal racemes or panicles of scented, creamy white flowers. Green berries follow and often ripen to red. Use in a woodland garden or shaded border.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsResembles Solomon's seal ( Polygonatum ). Scented panicles of flowers. Green berries.
CareGrow in humusy, acidic, moist but well-drained soil of moderate fertility in dappled or deep shade.
PropagationRhizomes may be divided in spring. Sow seed in a cold frame in fall.
ProblemsMay be affected by rust or leaf spots.