Smilacina racemosa
Smilacina racemosa
Smilacina racemosa
Smilacina racemosa
Smilacina racemosa
Smilacina racemosa
Smilacina racemosa

Smilacina racemosa

"False Solomon's-seal"

Smilacina racemosa

1 bare root — £2.98

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Description

If you have a wooded or shady border and you want to plant something of interest, with perhaps bright, white flowers, and maybe even a delicious fragrance well, look no further. Smilacina racemosa, also known as False Solomon's-seal, produces a clump of large, shiny, bright green and lush, pleated leaves, and feathery spikes of creamy-white, starry flowers between May and July. These flowers are exceptionally fragrant – making the plant most unlike anything else you will find in the Asparagus family! Individually, the flowers are tiny, but they come in their masses, in tight clusters at the ends of each stem. After the flowers fade, green berries are formed, and by late summer and autumn these will have turned bright red, with tiny purple spots!

A native plant to North America, Smilacina racemosa is hardy throughout the British Isles and, being related to our own lily-of-the-valley, this plant spreads very slowly by cylindrical rhizomes.

Smilacina racemosa (syn. Maianthemum racemosum) is so highly regarded that the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) have given it the coveted Award of Garden Merit.

Key features

  • Comes back every year

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Great for shade

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • RHS Award (AGM)

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Smilacina racemosa

  • Flower colour

    White

  • Plant size

    1

  • Established height

    70cm-1m

  • Established spread

    70cm-1m

  • Plant spacing

    5 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1-2 years

  • Sunlight

    Full shade
    Partial shade
    Dappled shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Borders
    Ground cover
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining
    Damp

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Clay
    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    Yes

  • Pollinator-friendly

    No

  • Mouse resistant

    No

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak your Smilacina racemosa roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

    • Plant your "False Solomon's-seal" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors.

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed.

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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