What flower is that?

 False Solomon’s Seal  False Solomon’s Seal
Photo credits: ©David G. Smith, http://www.delawarewildflowers.org

The mystery plant for June is a perennial with alternate leaves and branched clusters (panicle) of flowers. The stem and leaves are both finely hairy. The leaves are elliptic and hairy only beneath. The stem is arched, ascending, and more or less zigzag. The small white flowers have six parts (three each of sepals and petals).  The flowers are arranged in a panicle at the end of the stem. The fruit are in dense clusters of red berries and quite colorful.

This plant is usually found in wooded habitats and blooms from early June to mid July.

It’s…

Botanical Name:
  Maianthemum racemosum ssp. racemosum
Common Name:
  False Solomon’s Seal, Wild Spikenard 
Family:
  Liliaceae (Lily Family)
Habitat:
  Deciduous woods

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