Smilacina racemosa

Smilacina racemosa - false Solomon’s seal (treacleberry)

The North American False Solomon’s seal resembles at first sight our native Angular Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum odoratum) and Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum multiflorum). The flowers of the false Solomon’s seal are not, however, in the leaf axils but burst into bloom at the ends of high, gracefully arching stems in June. By autumn they are replaced by bad-tasting, poisonous berries, each of which contains one large seed. As the berries turn red, the leaves develop a beautiful yellow autumn colour.