little false Solomon's-seal, starflower Solomon's-seal, starry false Solomon's-seal
[Convallaria stellata L., more...]
Etymology: Maianthemum: from Maius for "May" and anthemon for "flower"
Plants: erect, perennial, 8"-24" tall forb; stems not branched below the flowers
Leaves: alternate, 6 or more, lance-like with pointed tips, clasping, undersides finely hairy
Flowers: white, 6-parted, 1/3" wide, starry; inflorescence with a few to several flowers in a narrow, 2" long, terminal, almost stalkless cluster (raceme); blooms May-June
Fruits: green and blackish-striped berry, ripens to dark red
Habitat: full to partial sun; dry to moderate moisture; prairies, woods, sands, beaches; in sandy, loamy soil
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 5, Wetland Indicator = FAC- 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 Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"