False Solomon’s Seal (False Spikenard)
Herbaceous perennial growing from rhizomes. Stalk is arching, usually unbranched, and slightly zigzags between the leaf nodes. Flowers in a plumelike cluster of minute florets arising from the tips of the plant stalks, fragrant, creamy white. Blooms May–June. Leaves alternate, spreading horizontally in 2 ranks, broadly elliptical, similar to those of true Solomon's seal (Polygonatum biflorum) but with fewer veins. Fruit red berries, often with purple dots. Root a long, creeping rhizome.
Similar species: Although the foliage is quite similar, the flower arrangement of the true and the false Solomon’s seals is so different that identification presents no problem. Also, the fruits of true Solomon's seal are dark blue at maturity, not red.