What are the differences between Solomon's seal and false Solomon's seal?
Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum spp.) and false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum racemosum) are native woodland plants. Both plants produce long, arching stems. However, the flowering and fruiting characteristics are different. Solomon’s seal produces bell-shaped, yellowish green to greenish white flowers in May or June. The flowers hang down in clusters from the leaf axils. The flowers are followed by marble-size berries which turn dark blue in late summer. False Solomon’s seal produces creamy white flowers in fluffy clusters at the ends of the stems in spring. After flowering, small, pea-size berries develop that turn ruby red in late summer. Solomon’s seal and false Solomon’s seal grow best in moist, well-drained soils in partial to heavy shade.