Mystery plant 044

This woodland plant can be found in the eastern parts of North America.  It’s a member of the Lilliaceae (Lily family).  When you think you know its identity, please post a comment with the common and scientific names.  Include any personal connection you may have with this plant.


Young plant in the spring


Spring flowers hanging below the leaves


Mature plant


Developing fruits and underside of leaves


Mature fruits and dying leaves


ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images): Yellow fairybells (Prosartes lanuginosa)

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7 Responses to Mystery plant 044

  1. Tony ward says:

    Solomon’s seal

  2. Serena says:

    True Solomon’s Seal, Polygonatum biflorum

  3. Joan Knapp says:

    Yellow Mandarin, Fairy Bells, Yellow Fairybells (Prosartes lanuginosa)

  4. Rebekah says:

    Fairy Bells
    Disporum lanuginosum (think it has a new name now?)

  5. Jane says:

    Nodding mandarin – Prosartes maculata. I have it in my woodland wildflower notch, but don’t think I’ve ever seen the fruits. It probably came in with something else; I never knew of it till it showed up one spring, but it seems to be thriving. Plants get about a foot-and-a-half tall and spread even wider.

  6. Carola says:

    False Solomon?

  7. Angelyn says:

    Joan, you are correct. This is Yellow fairybells which has the current scientific name of Prosartes lanuginosa. As Rebekah noted, the former scientific name was Disporum lanuginosum.

    Jane, you were close but this is a different species from the plant you’ve got (Nodding mandarin — Prosartes maculata). By the way, both Prosartes lanuginosa and Prosartes maculata have the same additional common name of Yellow mandarin. That’s why we go for the scientific name when we want to be more accurate.

    For those of you who guessed Solomon’s seal and False solomon’s seal, I recommend checking out the post which compares these two plants. You can see the difference in the leaf arrangement, flowers and seeds for this plant (Yellow fairybells) and the two you suggested.

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