Etymology: Maianthemum: from Maius for "May" and anthemon for "flower"
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-16" tall forb; stems not branched below the flowers
Leaves: alternate, 1-4 (usually 3), hairless, almost erect, oblong to lance-like with pointed tips, stalkless,
Flowers: white, 6-parted, 1/3" wide, starry; inflorescence with 3-8 stalked flowers on a 2" long, terminal, narrow, long-stalked cluster (raceme); blooms May-June
Fruits: dark red berry
Habitat: wet; swamps, bogs
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 10, Wetland Indicator = OBL USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"