Maianthemum stellatum (L.) Link
Family: Asparagaceae
little false Solomon's-seal, starflower Solomon's-seal, starry false Solomon's-seal
Maianthemum stellatum image
Tim Kessenich  
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