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Maianthemum bifolium kamtschaticum (photo courtesy of Mark Turner)
Maianthemum bifolium kamtschaticum (photo courtesy of Mark Turner)

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Zones A2, A3, 2-9, 14-17
Partial Sun
Partial
Regular Water
Moderate

Maianthemum bifolium kamtschaticum

False Lily-of-the-Valley

Ground covers, Perennials, Decorative fruit or berries, Flowers

MAIANTHEMUM

Botanists have brought two Western natives together under this single genus name. Both are woodland plants that need loose, rich, slightly acidic soil to look their best.

Maianthemum bifolium kamtschaticum

Native from Northern California to Alaska and Idaho. Grows to 6–8 in. high; in good growing conditions, spreads rapidly by creeping rootstocks to form broad mats. Stems 2–6 in. high bear neat, roundish to heart-shaped, heavily veined leaves to 8 in. long and half as wide. Bears foamy clusters of white flowers in spring, followed by red berries in summer. Makes an attractive woodland groundcover but is capable of overwhelming more delicate plants growing nearby. Disappears in winter.

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