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False Solomon's Seal

Smilacina racemosa

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False Solomon's Seal (Smilacina racemosa) at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Smilacina racemosa fruit

Smilacina racemosa fruit

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False Solomon's Seal (Smilacina racemosa) at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Smilacina racemosa

Smilacina racemosa

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spacing:  30 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2b

Ornamental Features

False Solomon's Seal is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent red berries from late summer to early fall. It has masses of beautiful panicles of creamy white flowers at the ends of the stems from mid to late summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its oval leaves remain forest green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

False Solomon's Seal is an herbaceous perennial with a shapely form and gracefully arching foliage. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

False Solomon's Seal is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

False Solomon's Seal will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches apart. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is native to parts of North America. It can be propagated by division.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features