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botanical name:
Maianthemum japonicum
Maianthemum japonicum © Deeproot Plant Base
synonyms:  Smilacina japonica
family:  Asparagaceae
characteristics: perennial, ground-cover
height: 0.60m
width: 0.45m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: red
main season: Spring
aspect: full sun, part shade, shade
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -25°C
USDA zone: 5 to 8
Low growing perennial with arching stems and alternate, closely set, sessile leaves, which are deep green and broadly ellipitic to lanceolate, about 10cm long. Small nodding clusters of creamy white flowers in late spring. Red berries may follow. Spreads by creeping rhizomes.

Likes deep, rich , moist but well drained soil. Neutral to acid. Shady position. Will grow in quite deep shade under trees.

From seed or division in early spring.

other notes:
Native to Japan, Korea and parts of China

pronounced: may-an-the-mum ja-PON-ih-kum
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