Etymology: Maianthemum: from Maius for "May" and anthemon for "flower"
Plants: erect, perennial, 16"-32" tall forb; finely-hairy stems not branched below the flowers
Leaves: alternate, elliptical with pointed tip, stalkless but not clasping
Flowers: white, 6-parted, 1/8" wide, starry; inflorescence a 4" many-flowered, large, branched, terminal, pyramid-shaped cluster; blooms May-June
Fruits: green and purple-dotted, rounded berry, ripening to red
Habitat: full to partial sun; dry to moderate moisture; woods, forests; in sandy, loamy, rich soil
Conservation Status: Native