Overview: False Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum racemosum) and Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum spp.) Description Pacific Northwest native plant gardeners enjoy False Solomon’s seal all during the growing season with its arching green leaves and spring flowers. The central stem is stout, smooth, and zigzags slightly. Solomon’s Seal is a lovely woodland perennial with native varieties in North America, Asia and Europe. The root of this incredible plant has been used by North American Indians for centuries for ligaments, tendons, calcifications, de-calcifications, broken bones and painful joints. The fruit of the false Solomon’s seal are consumed by a wide variety of birds (including ruffed grouse) and a small number of rodents (including white-footed mice). Leaves are broad, elliptical, 7 to 20 cm long, alternating along the stem in 2 rows, with strong parallel veins and somewhat clasping bases; margins are smooth. document.write('');
As its name would imply, False Solomon’s Seal looks quite a bit like Solomon’s-seal.The difference, at a glance, is in the flowers and berries. Traditional uses and benefits of Smooth Solomon’s seal. Solomon’s seal produces bell-shaped, yellowish green to greenish white flowers in May or June.
Please click here for more information. It is often classified as a sweet, neutral yin tonic and a moistening, and nourishing general tonic. Flowers (then berries) occur at the end of the plant. A leaf tea of the plant can be used topically to treat rashes and reduce itching. This lack of herbivore pressure greatly assists the continued persistence and growing abundance of false Solomon’s seal in its forest habitats. Some people have these in their garden as they can be grown from rhizomes or from seed (although the seed may take up to 18 months to germinate). Each stem flowers in mid-spring forming terminal clusters of small, white, star-shaped flowers. As you can see when you review the photos below of its life stages, the leaves look the same as Solomon’s seal. Human Use Solomon’s seal is a perennial plant; the thick, horizontal, scarred rootstock produces 1 or 2 erect stems, 1-3 feet high, whose lower half is naked and upper half leafy. Flowers are creamy white, small, and numerous. I learned the scientific name of this Common Solomon's-Plume or Common False-Solomon's-Seal as Smilacina racemosa, two Latin words. Solomon's Seal Latin Name Polygonatum multiflorum Family Ruscaceae or Liliaceae Parts used Root Medicinal Properties True Solomon's Seal is used in herbal medicine throughout Asia, Europe and North America. The infusion of 1 OZ. The leaves of false Solomon’s seal are edible but relatively unpalatable. This genus of flowering plants has 74 species and hybrids.