False Solomon's Seal-Maianthemum racemosum

novagrdnr7aJune 11, 2013

I'm considering adding this to my shade garden and was wondering if anyone who grows this can tell me how strongly fragrant the flowers are and what type of scent-spicy, sweet, etc.-thanks !

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dandy_line(3B (Brainerd, Mn))

I;ve never smelled anything on mine. I like the M. stellata instead as it seems a little more cultured and interesting.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 10:45AM
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Thanks dandy_line, I'm kind of confused now as so many sites describe it as fragrant. Here is a quote from someone
"But the winner in my garden is the wild False Solomon's Seal, Smilacina racemosa, with an exquisite scent worthy of a great perfume. It is a scent that seems to overwhelm the senses. While they are blooming, assuming the deer leave them alone or I put wire around them, I try to make a daily pilgrimage to delight in sniffing them."
I'll hope for the best.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 12:19PM
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dandy_line(3B (Brainerd, Mn))

I'm very sensitive to perfumes and I've never smelled anything from the false Solomon Seal. I have been over whelmed by Cacalia however. But, maybe if the ground is totally covered with the F S S, maybe then it is perfumey.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 10:04PM
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terrene(5b MA)

Sorry Nova, but I concur with Dandy. I have a beautiful patch of Smilacina racemosa in the front, which the deer didn't find and munch the flowers off, unlike the plants growing in the back yard, and there was a nice bloom this year. I made a point of sniffing the flowers, and there wasn't the slightest fragrance.

I'm not sure what these other folks are talking about, but perhaps there is some genetic variation and some individuals are fragrant?

This post was edited by terrene on Fri, Jul 5, 13 at 2:22

    Bookmark   July 5, 2013 at 2:08AM
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Another False Sol. Seal grower whose 2 patches of plants (from different sources, planted years apart) have no scent at all.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2013 at 2:30PM
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