Maianthemum racemosum, False Solomon's Seal
|False Solomon's Seal in bloom.|
False Solomon's Seal ought to be a staple of every Minnesotan woodland garden. Typically listed as a shade plant, it is surprisingly sun tolerant. In my own gardens, it does well with at least 6 hours, probably more, in a moist, mineral-clay soil. Deer may be more likely to browse it in broad sunlight, which is not to say you must put a fence around it, but that we must resist the notion of deer-resistant plants.
Blooms: creamy white, May into June, reddish-brown berries
Height: 1 to 2 feet
Conditions: sun to shade, moist, well-drained to medium-dry soils
|A hearty patch growing in nearly full sun with moist soils in the gardens at Shelterwood.|