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Maianthemum dilatatum (False Lily Of The Valley)

False Lily Of The Valley, May Lily, Canada Mayflower, Maianthemum bifolium ssp. kamtschaticum, Maianthemum bifolium var. kamtschaticum, Maianthemum kamtschaticum


Maianthemum dilatatum (False Lily Of The Valley) is a vigorous rhizomatous perennial with pairs of broad, heart-shaped, heavily veined leaves, 8 in. long (20 cm), arising directly from rhizomes. In late spring to mid summer, spiky clusters of tiny, white, foamy flowers are held on erect stems just above the foliage. They give way to showy, red translucent berries in late summer. Spreading rapidly by creeping rootstocks, a single plant can produce hundreds of above-ground triads. False Lily Of The Valley is a magnificent ground-covering plant for woodland gardens. However, use it with caution as it can spread aggressively. Do not plant it with other, less aggressive woodland wildflowers, as it would overwhelm them.

  • Grows up 6-8 in. tall (15-20 cm). Will spread quickly to form large colonies.
  • Performs best in part shade in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Tolerates heavy shade. Moist, loose, humus-rich soils are preferred. Will grow in nutrient poor sites. Intolerant of heat and humidity.
  • Easy to grow, False Lily Of The Valley is a welcomed addition to shady gardens, cottage gardens, woodland gardens, naturalized areas or in moist areas near streams or ponds. Most effective as a groundcover.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for slugs and snails.
  • Propagate by seed or by division. Plant seeds fresh (when berries turn red) in late summer
  • Native to western North America from northern California to the Aleutian islands, and Asia across the Kamchatka Peninsula, Japan, and Korea.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Maianthemum - False Lily of the Valley
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 6" – 8" (15cm – 20cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Alaska, California, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Ground Covers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Maianthemum - False Lily of the Valley
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 6" – 8" (15cm – 20cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Alaska, California, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Ground Covers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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