Starry false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum stellatum, Liliaceae) can be found in a variety of habitats across most of North America. It often inhabits hardwood forests, floodplains, swamps, shores, meadows, and dunes, and is especially common in moist areas. Each plant grows a single slightly arching stem that zig-zags between the alternating, parallel-veined leaves. The white, six-parted flowers grow in a small cluster at the terminal end of the shoot. After fertilization the flowers develop into small berries that are initially striped but eventually ripen to a uniform dark red.
This plant goes by a number of other common names including “starry false lily of the valley,” “little false Solomon’s seal,” “star Solomon’s seal,” or some variation thereof. As with all organisms the official Latin name is the only one that matters. Maianthemum stellatum appropriately translates to English as “starry May flower.”