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Help identify a humble little plant?

Posted by stoloniferous 6 (My Page) on
Wed, May 14, 08 at 12:12

I'm in Massachusetts, zone 6. My backyard is forested and swampy. In the shady-but-not-muddy areas, there is a humble little plant that put up heart-shaped leaves this spring. Each leaf springs individually from a root or stolon that creeps along below the leaf litter, and each leaf is only a couple of inches long.

This same plant now appears to be putting up clusters of leaves, each with a flower in the middle.


Can anyone identify this plant? It grows alongside jack-in-the-pulpit, jewelweed, and poison ivy. Thanks!

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RE: Help identify a humble little plant?

This looks like False Lily of the Valley aka Canada Mayflower - Maianthemum canadense. It is pretty common here in PA.

RE: Help identify a humble little plant?

Yes Canada Mayflower, a very common native woodland groundcover. They make delicate little white clusters of flowers that are very fragrant.

These are growing in an evergreen border in my yard, I was delighted to find out they were native!

RE: Help identify a humble little plant?

Fantastic! Thank you!

RE: Help identify a humble little plant?

Anyone know how dry this little plant can stand? I've been offered some, but the place I have for it is under a large holly tree, which works like a big umbrella. I've built up the leaf litter over the past couple of years, so that may help.

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