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botanical name:
Maianthemum racemosum
Maianthemum racemosum © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  False Spikenard, American Spikenard
synonyms:  Smilacina racemosa
family:  Asparagaceae
characteristics: perennial, scented/aromatic
height: 0.85m
width: 0.45m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: green
flower colour: cream
fruit colour: red
main season: Spring
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun, part shade, shade
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -25°C
USDA zone: 5 to 8
description:
Cream, perfumed, flower plumes are produced in late spring, even in quite shady conditions such as under trees. Clump forming, bold foliage on arching stems. Red berries are occasionally produced.

cultivation:
Like deep, rich , moist but well drained soil. Neutral to acid. Shady position.

propagation:
From seed or division in early spring.

usage:
The fruits are edible, with a treacle like flavour.

other notes:
Native of the North American woodlands.

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