NAME: Solomon's Spike
OTHER COMMON NAMES: Western Solomon's Seal / False Solomon's Seal / Treacleberry / False Spikenard / Solomon's Plume
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Maianthemum Racemosum syn. Maianthemum Racemosa
PLANT SEEDS: Fall sow seeds or cold stratify
BLOOM TIME: March - June
HARDINESS ZONE: 3 - 8
PLANT HEIGHT: 12 - 18"
PLANT SPACING: 18 - 24"
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS: Sun - Part Shade
SOIL & WATER PREFERENCES: Average - Moist, also Dry
QUANTITY: 10 Seeds
OTHER: Solomon's Spike is a North American native. It has unbranced foliage similar to Solomon's Seal, but with "upright" flower spikes at the tips of the stems. They are best planted in groups because of their single stalks. Solomon’s Spike prefers moist woodland conditions, but sun & average moisture to dryness are fine.
The flower spikes measure up to 3-5" long, & the leaves up to 6" long. By late summer, the flowers turn to clusters of round pinkish-red berries. During the berries maturation, they turn a lot of lovely colors with speckles & spots, with berries that end red in winter. Birds & other small critters will enjoy the berries! The fall leaves are also lovely, gaining stripes as they change colors.
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Jun 18, 2020
I haven't sown my seeds yet but can say that the seeds were packaged nicely coming with a picture off each plant with helpful instructions on how and when to sow.
Mar 26, 2019
Seeds look great. Can't wait to grow them.