False Solomon’s Seal – 6/2/20
Observer: Paul Lauenstein
Observation Date: 6/2/20
Observation Time: 10:55 a.m.
Observation Location: Moose Hill Farm (TTOR)
Common Name: False Solomon’s Seal
Scientific Name: Maianthemum racemosum
Comments: This herbaceous perennial plant is unbranched and grows to about knee-high. The central stem is somewhat erect and ascending. Flowers (then berries) occur at the end of the plant. Flowers occur in a plume-like cluster of minute florets and transform into a “bunch” of ruby red berries (although they do not all ripen at the same time).
The berries are edible and somewhat bittersweet (caution: large quantities can have a laxative effect). In traditional medicine the dried rhizomes can be used to brew a tea to treat coughs and constipation.
More Information: Edible Wild Food
Note the flower at the tip end of the plant. This distinguishes it from true Solomon’s Seal, which has flowers hanging in a row along the underside of the stem.