Canada Mayflower

Canada Mayflower

Maianthemum canadense

: False Lily-of-the-Valley
: common in dry to moist woods
: 3-6 inches
: 2-3, alternate, parallel veins
: 1/8th inch long
: white
: May-early June
: a red berry
: leaves clasping at base and somewhat heart-shaped, flower in a raceme (flowers on a stalk). Rhizomatous (creeping), may form a mat.

Parallel veins in leaves appear prominent

Close-up of flower (raceme)

Mat covering forest floor

Confusing Look-Alikes

Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley

Convallaria majalis

: occasionally naturalized in woods & disturbed gro
: 8 inches
: 2-3 alternate, parallel veins
: 1/4 inch across
: white
: April-early June
: a red berry
: fragrant bell-shaped flowers on a raceme. native to Europe, may act invasively.

Bell-shaped flowers