Indicator Plants

Smilacina racemosa – false Solomon’s seal

Common Name

false Solomon’s seal



Scientific Name

Smilacina racemosa

Alternate Scientific Name
  • Maianthemum racemosum
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
  • Moderately Dry (MD)
  • Medium (M)
  • Wet (W)
Soil Nutrient Regime (SNR)
  • Medium (M)
  • Rich (R)

Botanical Drawing

Hitchcock, C. Leo, and Arthur Cronquist. Flora of the Pacific Northwest: An Illustrated Manual © 1973. Reprinted with permission of the University of Washington Press.

General / Habitat
  • Perrenial Herb
  • Grows in moist forests, streambanks and meadows
  • Low to subalpine elevations
  • Very widespread, found in every Canadian province
Key Identifying Characteristics
  • Form: Grows erect or arched up to 1 m tall, unbranched
  • Leaves: Large, elliptical with a point, 7-20 cm long, alternate, set pointing somewhat forward, with strong parallel veins as typical of monocots
  • Flowers: White, small, numerous borne in showy branched or pyramid-shaped terminal cluster
  • Fruit: Many red and sometimes mottled purple berries in showy cluster, edible but not palatable
Interesting Characteristics
  • Roots eaten and boiled into tea by various coastal peoples

Douglas, G.W. et al (Editors). 1998-2002. Illustrated Flora of British Columbia, Volumes 1 to 8. B.C. Min. Environ., Lands and Parks, and B.C. Min. For., Victoria, B.C.

Pojar, J. and A. MacKinnon. 2014. Plants of Coastal British Columbia Including Washington, Oregon & Alaska. B.C. Ministry of Forestry and Lone Pine Publishing. Vancouver, B.C.


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