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False Solomon's Seal

False Solomon's Seal (Smilacina racemosa)

In bloom April 29 - June 7. 1-3 feet long. When not in bloom or showing fruits this is hard to distinguish from "true" Solomon's Seal. This species has its flowers and berries clustered near the top rather than along its length as is the case with "true" Solomon's Seal. The leaves are oval and alternating with obvious parallel veins. Flowers are white and starlike in a dense cluster. Berries are red in late summer. This species grows in rich shady woods.

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