Star-flowered Solomon’s Seal (Maianthemum stellatum)
Bloom time: May – June
General: An elegant wildflower (15-60 cm) with tall, arching stems.
Leaves & Twigs:
Flowers & Fruits
- The white flowers (up to 6 mm wide) have six petals, and form a loose group at the end of each leafy stem.
- Berries are greenish with dark stripes, before turning red, and then nearly black, in early fall.
Habitat: Prefers woodlands, open meadows and shores of sandy marshes.
PlantWatch Pointers: Select a typical patch of plants, if the plants are very abundant, mark off a l-metre-square section to observe.
- First bloom: when the first flowers are open in the observed plants.
- Mid bloom: when 50% of the flowers are open in the observed plants.
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The species name, stellata, means “star-like” and describes the lovely white flowers.