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Maianthemum canadense

Also called Cowslip, Canada Mayflower


Joy Viola, Northeastern University, Bugwood.org

Joy Viola, Northeastern University, Bugwood.org

More About Maianthemum canadense

  • AKA Unifolium canadense
  • Clusters of tiny, star-shaped, white flowers rise above the leaves
  • Small clusters of round berries
  • Fruit transitions from green, to cream with maroon speckles, and finally ripening to red
  • Alternating, glossy, oval leaves
  • Short stem is often zigzagged
  • Bloom Time: May

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario 

Zone:

3

Height:

10-15 cm

Spread:

10-15 cm

Colour:

White
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Wild Lily of the Valley Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows best in an average to moist, well-drained soil, rich in organic matter and in full or dappled shade.


Maianthemum canadense Characteristics

Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Attracts Birds
Attracts Birds
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Ground cover
Ground cover

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Moist to Average

Growth Rate

Slow

Attributes

Berries

Flowering Time

Spring

Habit

Clumping

Foliage Color

Green (dark)

Landscape uses

Naturalizing
Woodland/woods edge

 Suitable Substitutions for Maianthemum canadense

Smilacina racemosa

Smilacina racemosa

False Solomon's Seal