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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
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.

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

From seed or division in early spring.

The fruits are edible, with a treacle like flavour.

other notes:
Native of the North American woodlands.
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