Cleavers, Solomon's Seal and Plume, and the Greater Celandine.
A member of the Bedstraw family, Cleavers (Galium aparine) is a weak-stemmed, reclining plant with backward-hooked bristles on its seems and leaves. May-July it blooms small white flowers about 1/8th of an inch.
Smooth Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum biflorum) can be identified by the hanging flowers in clusters of 1-3 (generally) which open May-June. They are mainly found in dry to moist woods and thickets.
With similar size, leaves, and growing location as the Solomon's Seal, it's easy to get these two confused prior to blooming.
The Solomon's Plume (Maianthemum racemosum) can be identified by the plume of flowers at the end of the stem.
Greater Celandine (Chelidonium majus L. celandine)
You may remember an earlier post about the invasive Lesser Celandine - the invasive plant which hang out riverside pretending to be the native Marsh Marigold, the only thing these two have in common is the color of their flowers (and the name). This is also a non-native species and as with most introduced plants it comes with a wide list of medicinal properties (there's a reason many settlers brought along helpful plants from their homeland).
**information provided is not intended to be used to treat, diagnose, cure, or remedy any medical issues.
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