Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Starry False Solomon’s Seal (Starry False Lily of the Valley) (Maianthemum stellatum): Images

Date Location Notes Images
May 14, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire For the last couple of years I was looking for a star-shaped version of False Solomon’s Seal in hopes of finding Starry False Solomon’s Seal. But there are easier ways to diferentiate Starry False Solomon’s Seal from Feathery False Solomon’s Seal (Maianthemum racemosum).
  • The flowers of Starry False Solomon’s Seal are arranged in a raceme at the end of the stem. Notice how each individual flower stalk comes directly off the main stem of the plant and forms a flower. (Click on first picture to the right.) Now, look at this picture of Feathery False Solomon’s Seal and notice how the individual flowers do not come directly off the main stem, but smaller stems branch off the main stem and then the flowers grow out of these smaller stems. This is a panicle.
  • Feathery False Solomon’s Seal has a redish-brown spot where the leaves connect to the stem. See the following image. This can be seen even on the backside of the leaves before they have fully opened. Starry False Solomon’s Seal does not have a redish-brown spot.
  • The backside of the leaves of Starry False Solomon’s seal have minute hairs.