Apr. 13, 2017

false Solomon's-seal, Maianthemum racemosum

This plant is a close relative of Solomon's-seal, even though the flowers look very different. The stems and leaves are much alike. False Solomon's-seal is insect pollinated. It attracts them with a showy array of small flowers, rather than using showy petals. If you look closely at the flowers toward the bottom of the image, you can see a few rudimentary petals. Witchipedia (that's right!) tells us it has magical properties, "This plant is a true survivor and often the first to return after a forest fire. Use it to help you get through hard times and to rebuild after your world has come crashing down." Further, "The smoke of the root has been used to calm hysterics." Wish I had some last night. Either I or the new puppy could have used some. This is a common woodland plant throughout the US and Canada, except for HI, LB, NU, and YK. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 5/30/11