Maianthemum racemosum (syn. Smilacena racemosa), False Solomon's Seal

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One- to three-foot arching stems with double rows of elliptic leaves spring from a thick mat of rhizomes. Stems terminate in a large, fragrant, frothy spike of white, April to May. Berries ripen to orange-red in autumn. (True Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum spp.), has pendulous bell-like flowers hanging beneath its arching stems.) Zone 8 is the upper limit for this plant to grow healthfully for those of you in warmer, more humid states to be aware of. Deer will indeed browse it and birds do enjoy the berries. This is a ubiquitous Northwest native that tolerates dry shade in summer.

Minimum temperature: -40° F