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