Scientific Name: Smilacina racemosa
Family Name: Asparagaceae
Bloom Period: Late spring to early summer
Life Span: Perennial
Height: Up 30-100 cm tall.
Habitat: Widespread and common at low to subalpine elevations in moist forests, openings, and clearings.
Leaf Description: Arranged in 2 rows along stem, broad and elliptic, with pronounced parallel veins and somewhat clasping bases.
Flower and Petal Description: Small, creamy white, and star-like, borne in large, showy, egg- or pyramid-shaped inflorescence at end of the flowering stem. Strongly perfumed.
Stem Description: Unbranched and often growing in clumps.
Fruit Description: Red, fleshy, round berries. Sometimes dotted with purple.
Medicinal Uses: Native Americans have often used the roots as a blood purifier.
This flower is native to the area.