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
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 5, Wetland Indicator = FACU Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"