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False Solomon’s Seal

Smilacina racemosa
Photo by Stan Navrati

Habitat: Found throughout the woodlands and prairie thickets of Alberta.

Description: The flowers are small and white that grows in dense clusters at the ends of leafy stems.  Each flower resembles a miniature lily which turns into a purple berry when mature.  The plant itself grows in dense patches bearing ovate leaves.

Size: 0.5-1m tall

Fun Facts: The berries of this plant are edible but be careful because if you eat too many of them at once they will give you a stomach ache!

Source:

Craighead, John J., Craighead, Frank C., and Davis, Ray J. A Field Guide to Rocky Mountain Wildflowers. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1963. Print

Currah, R., Smreciu, A., and Van Dyk, M. Prairie Wildflowers. Edmonton: Friends of the Devonian Botanic Garden, 1983. Print

Cormack, R.G.H. Wild Flowers of Alberta. Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers, 1977. Print

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Star-flowered Solomon’s Seal
Smilacina stellata

Habitat: It is widely distributed throughout Alberta. It prefers moist wooded areas or along the edges of river banks.

Description: Large, stiff leaves zig-zag up the plants stems.  At the top of the plant a few small star-shaped flowers, white in colour grow.

Size: 20-60cm

Fun Facts: The root, when made into a powder, was...

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