Close up of False Solomon’s Seal (Maianthemum racemosum) berries in the Fall.

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By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener What is solomon’s plume? Also known by alternate names such false solomon’s seal, feathery solomon’s seal or false spikenard, solomon’s plume (Smilacina racemosa) is a tall plant with graceful, arching stems and oval-shaped leaves. Clusters of fragrant, creamy white or pale green blooms appear in mid- to late spring, soon to be replaced by spotted green and purple berries that ripen to a deep red in late summer. The plant is highly attractive to birds and butterflies. Interested in growing solomon’s plume in your garden? Read on to learn how. Growing Solomon’s Plume Solomon’s plume is native to wooded areas and thickets across much of the United States and Canada. It thrives in the cool temperatures of USDA plant hardiness zones 4 through 7, but may tolerate warmer climates of zones 8 and 9. It is well behaved and not considered

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