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False Solomon's Seal

Lily Family (Liliaceae) Smilacina racemosa
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False Solomon's Seal

Flower: White to yellow flowers on a spike; flower grows at the tip of the stem

Blooms: May to June

Leaves: 2 1/2 to 8 inches long, ovate, alternate, sessile and ribbed

Height: Up to three feet

Stem: Unbranched and arching

Found: Moist woody area

Tidbits: The plant produces red berries which are enjoyed by grouse and other birds. These berries are edible, but rather bitter. The plant is called false since it has none of the magical or medicinal properties of the eastern Solomon Seal.

 

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