|Feathery False Solomon's Seal - note the raceme of flowers|
|Feathery False Solomon's Seal flower|
The plant itself is between 1 and 3 feet tall. The plant does not grow upright, but instead bends into an arc. It typically grows in wooded areas, but can sometimes be found in open areas. The plant prefers moist habitats but will grow in drier soils.
The plant has alternate, elliptical shaped leaves that grow are up to 6 inches long and 3 inches wide. The leaves are marked by heavy parallel veins that run form the base of the leaf to the pointed tip.
|Feathery False Solomon's Seal - note the alternate leaves and the prominent parallel veins|
There is a second species of False Solomon's Seal that is native to eastern North America - Star-flowered False Solomon's Seal (Maianthenum stellatum). The two plants are easy to distinguish because M. stellatum has fewer flowers, but each flower is larger (1/3 inch across).
|Star-flowered False Solomon's Seal|
Feathery False Solomon’s Seal
Smilacina racemosa or Maianthemum racemosum