Starry False Solomon’s Seal does best in partly shaded, sandy, loamy soils throughout most of Wisconsin, with the exception of a few north-central counties. It is typically found in prairies, woods, sand hills, and even beaches. It will tolerate full sun in pure sand, but the foliage will look pretty beat up by midsummer if situated in such an area. In part-shade (preferred), the blueish-green foliage stays fresh looking all the way to the end of summer and into fall.
Starry False Solomon’s Seal is the best Solomon’s Seal to use as a groundcover. An excellent native substitute for the exotic, aggressive plants often used (Vinca, Pachysandra, and Ajuga), spreading about 1-2 feet per year. Though not as short as Canada Mayflower, Starry False Solomon’s Seal has a thick, spreading presence in part shade situations. Its decorative, delightful berries are evenly distributed across the mini-canopy creating a fairy-like world just above ground level.
Starry False Solomon’s Seal performs best in part shade and would be terrific in a shade or woodland garden. It is a perfect ground cover for an understory planting, such as an area with many trees and dappled light.
Did you remove garlic mustard weed, goutweed, or any other unwanted, weedy groundcover from an area? Starry False Solomon’s Seal would make a great fill-in option. Plant it and allow it to spread!