Maianthemum • False Lily of the Valley • マイズルソウ • 舞鶴草 • maizuru-sō
Unexplainably, Kathleen Smith never recorded it for growing it in this area (T, south bed of Azumaya), and neither did the Plant Committee, since we took over in 2011. We do have it recorded for somewhere in the middle of area ZZW (west side of the Service Road), but the 2013 edition of ‘Plants of the Japanese Garden’ went to print before we discovered it growing along the inner cement edge of Azumaya. It’s there. for sure.
From wikipedia: Maianthemum dilatatum (snakeberry, two-leaved Solomon’s seal or false lily of the valley) is a common rhizomatous perennial flowering plant that is native to western North America from northern California to the Aleutian islands, and Asia across the Kamchatka Peninsula, Japan, and Korea. It grows in coastal temperate rainforests, and is often the dominant groundcover plant in Sitka Spruce forests.
Description: The plant produces an erect, unbranched stem up to about 40 centimeters tall. A non-flowering shoot bears one smooth, waxy, shiny leaf up to 10 centimeters long and 5 to 8 broad, hence its scientific name (dilatatum means ‘broad’). On plants that are flowering, 2 or 3 leaves are produced oppositely on the stems. The leaf is oval in shape […]