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False Solomon's Seal (Maianthemum racemosa) flowers

False Solomon's Seal (Maianthemum racemosa)

Aliases:  Branched Solomon's Seal, Feathery False Lily of the Valley

Formerly Known As:  Smilacina racemosa

Family:  Lily (Liliaceae)

As summer progresses, the delicate white blooms on this plant will grow into delicate little red berries that compensate for their beauty by being (when raw, at least) completely poisonous. False Solomon's Seal may look innocent, but it's firmly in the cute-but-dangerous category, like Yoda or a rabid chihuahua.

Blooms:  April - July

Lifespan:  Perennial

Origins:  Native to California (see distribution maps for California and U.S./Canada)

Maianthemum racemosa etymology:  Maianthemum derives from the Greek term for "May flower," referring to the month in which flowers from the genus typically bloom. Racemosa derives from the Latin word for a bunch of grapes, referring here to the arrangement of the flowers on the stem. 1

This Photo:  Along the Lewis Creek trail, mid June

Other Resources:   CalFlora  ·  CalPhotos  ·  USDA  ·  eFloras.org

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