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Smilacina

Smilacina (False Solomon's Seal)

Smilacina prefers a shady site and moist, rich soil similar to the conditions in its native woodland habitat. The white racemes of smilacina flowers are followed in the fall by attractive clusters of reddish berries.

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Smilacina is a rhizomatous, spreading group of woodland perennial plants that are so frequently confused with polygonatum, that they are called the False Solomon's Seals. The leaves and stalks of smilacina plants are so similar to polygonatum, that most people cannot tell one from the other if the plants are not in flower.

Unlike polygonatum, whose flowers dangle beneath the stems, smilacina flowers are produced in terminal clusters called racemes. The white racemes of smilacina flowers are followed in the fall by attractive clusters of reddish berries. Smilacina plants spread slowly via rhizomes and thus make great groundcovers. Smilacina prefers a partially shady site and an evenly moist, rich soil similar to the conditions in its native woodland habitat.

Plant taxonomists have spent a lot of time trying to classify smilacina correctly. The genus Smilacina has moved from family to family, and this week is considered a member of Ruscaceae. In addition, the genus itself has changed frequently, at one time being considered convallaria, and now sometimes combined with the genus Maianthemum. For now, we are sticking with Smilacina. When you are ready to buy a false Solomon's seal, check out our list of smilacina for sale.