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False Solomon's Seal

Smilacina racemosa


Smilacina racemosa, also known as False Solomon's Seal, is in the lily family. It is a perennial with broad elliptical leaves with creamy white clusters of perfumed flowers. The fruit of False Solomon's Seal are small red berries.


False Solomon's Seal is a lily growing in moist forests, streambanks, meadows, and clearings; it is wide spread at low subalpine elevations.


The berries are edible, but not particularly palatable. The roots were boiled as tea and used medicinally by the Gitskan for rheumatism, sore back, kidney trouble, and as a purgative. The Coast Salish and the Gitskan used the roots as a poultice on cuts.

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Washington, USA

Spotted on May 21, 2012
Submitted on May 21, 2012

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