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Maianthemum dilatatum - (Wood.)Nels.&MacBr.

Common Name Wild Lily Of The Valley, False lily of the valley
Family Convallariaceae
USDA hardiness 3-7
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Shaded or moist streambanks and open to dense coniferous and broadleaves woods if they are moist[60, 270], in humus-rich slightly acid soils[200] to 1000 metres[60].
Range Western N. America - California to Alaska.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade
Maianthemum dilatatum Wild Lily Of The Valley, False lily of the valley


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Maianthemum dilatatum is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from Mar to April. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) or semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

M. kamtschaticum.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit;  Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or dried for later use[118, 177]. The fruits are about the size of small peas and are produced in terminal clusters on the plants, they are not regarded very highly[256]. North American Indian children would eat the raw unripe green berries straight from the plant[256]. Adults would usually harvest the green berries and then store them in water until they turned red and were soft[256]. Alternatively they would dry the green berries and then boil them for a few minutes[256]. Young leaves - cooked[177].

Medicinal Uses



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Infertility;  Ophthalmic;  Poultice;  TB.

A poultice made of the whole or the mashed leaves has been applied to boils, burns, cuts and wounds[257]. The fruit has been used as a good medicine in the treatment of tuberculosis[257]. The root has been chewed in order to correct sterility[257]. (This probably means to restore fertility[K]) An infusion of the pounded roots has been used as a wash for sore eyes, whilst the chewed roots have been used as a poultice on the eyes[257].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Requires a cool shady moist but not wet position[1, 187]. Plants tolerate warm summers only if the soil remains moist[200]. A mat forming plant, it can be invasive in good conditions[200].

Propagation

Seed - best sown quite thinly it as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame, it should germinate in the spring. Stored seed should be sown in late winter in a cold frame, it might take 18 months to germinate. Allow the seedlings to grow on in the pot for their first year, giving liquid feeds as necessary to ensure that they do not go hungry. Divide the plants into individual pots once they have died down in late summer. Grow them on in pots for another year or more until large enough to plant out[K]. Division as new growth commences in the spring. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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