Maianthemum racemosum (Solomon’s Plume) [10 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds only for patient gardeners with experience handling seeds with multi-cycle germination patterns. Apparently these grow best if given a cold period of 2 to 3 months, followed by a warm period of 2 to 3 months, and then another 2- to 3-month cold period. The seeds you receive will have been chilled since September 12, 2021. It’s up to you whether you want to give them artificial cold-warm-cold periods to try to speed up the sprouting or just sow them in an outdoor pot or nursery bed as soon as you get them; some seedlings might appear the first spring but more likely not until the second spring.

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Solomon’s plume or false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum racemosum, formerly Smilacina racemosa) is a woodland wildflower native to much of the eastern half of North America. Typically reaching 2 to 3 feet tall, the arching stems carry alternate, rich green leaves and are tipped with a cluster of small, creamy white flowers in mid to late spring. The flowers develop into round, red-speckled berries that ripen to solid red in early fall. Partial shade; average to moist soil. Perennial; Zones 3 or 8.

2021-collected seeds no longer available, as they have begun to sprout in storage. I hope to collect again in fall of 2022. I collected these seeds in mid September 2021 from plants growing here in Bucks County, PA. They have been cleaned and stored in moist vermiculite in my refrigerator since September 12, 2021. Each packet will contain at least 10 seeds.

Please read the germination information as well before ordering.

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