Common Names: False Solomon's seal, treacleberry, feathery false lily of the valley, Solomon's plume, false spikenard
Sub-category: Asparagaceae family
Syn. Smilacina racemosa, Vagnera racemosa. A herbaceous perennial plant growing to 50 to 90 cm tall, with alternate, oblong-lanceolate leaves 7 to 15 cm long and 3 to 6 cm broad. The flowers are produced on a 10 to 15 cm panicle, each flower with six white tepals 3 to 6 mm long. The plants produce green fruits that are round and turn red in late summer.
Typically found in partial shade and deep, moist, soft soils. Blooms in late spring.
Edible Notes: Although they were once prepared and eaten by native Americans, their use as a wild edible is strongly discouraged as they are somewhat toxic, bitter, stringy and a strong laxative if not properly prepared. There is also a risk of misidentification with similar looking Veratrum species which are highly toxic. Not recommended. Otherwise: The young shoots, while still tender and stripped of their leaves, can be simmered in water and eaten. The roots can be cooked in lye water to remove bitterness and laxative qualities.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.