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Maianthemum oleracea

False solomon's seal

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Maianthemum oleracea
  • Common name: False solomon's seal
  • Family: Convallariaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial

Formerly Smilacina, Mianthemum is an elegant and sophisticated plant, ideal for growing in cool, moist shade. At first glance the plant could be mistaken for Solomon’s seal, as the arching stems and the paired foliage look very similar. However when it flowers, slightly later than Solomon’s seal, the difference emerges: mianthemum has long fluffy, cream plumes of flowers at the tip of each stem, similar in character to astilbe.

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Mianthemum oleracea is particularly striking. The foliage rises early in the season and is held on tall, rigid stems. It bears red-edged, white flowers in huge clusters at the tips of stems.

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Plants spread slowly by underground rhizomes, building up into dense clumps. For best results grow in moist soil in a shady position.

How to grow Maianthemum oleracea

  • Plant size

    90cm height

    40cm spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, east facing, south facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Clay / heavy / moist

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Sow
Sow

Do not Sow in January

Do not Sow in February

Do not Sow in March

Do not Sow in April

Do not Sow in May

Do not Sow in June

Do not Sow in July

Do not Sow in August

Do Sow in September

Do Sow in October

Do Sow in November

Do not Sow in December

Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do Divide in March

Do Divide in April

Do Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do not Divide in September

Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Maianthemum oleracea and wildlife

Maianthemum oleracea has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Maianthemum oleracea poisonous?

Maianthemum oleracea has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People