Family, Lily. The small flowers cluster in terminal panicles. Perianth, 6-divided. Stamens, 6. Leaves 3 to 6 inches long, alternate, clasping, or the lower with petioles, broad, acute at apex, parallel-veined, with minutely hairy margins. May to July.
In moist woods from Nova Scotia to Georgia and westward.
A familiar plant, blossoming about the last of May. in cool woods and on hillsides, often in moist ground. The single ascending stem, producing rather large leaves, rises straight or zigzag to a height of 2 to 3 feet, and bears on its tip a compound panicle of fine, white, pedicelled blossoms, slightly fragrant. In fall these flowers give rise to a lovely bunch of pale-crimson, purple-dotted berries.
Many call this, wrongly, Solomon's Seal.