11 responses to “Maianthemum dilatatum”

  1. Pygge

    Really nice photos. It looks a lot like our common Swedish Maianthemum bifolium. A plant that I love seeing when walking in the woods!!

  2. michael aman

    Daniel: you mention Tamara in the Dec. 19 entry on tsuga. May I ask what she is doing these days? Whatever it is, I hope it continues to include her beautiful nature writing.

  3. MB Whitcomb

    The taxonomic names change at the drop of a hat (frustratingly)…why not make an effort to change some of the common names to things that reflect their origin and inherent beauty? We have carpets of these in association with mosses and bunchberry Cornus canadensis, and I try to show this to clients, saying…I could not design anything superior to this. Amazing how many want me to rip that out and plant the “real” lily of the valley. I explain why I won’t destroy a native area and withdraw. Now I go about giving talks on the importance and fragility of the native landscape, lol. Fewer clients, but I sleep at night (with all the lights off).

  4. Kitty LaBounty

    In coastal southeastern Alaska, many of us call this plant “deer heart”. This common name evokes both habitat and leaf shape and my students seem to remember deer heart much better than either false lily of the valley or of course, Maianthemum dilatatum

  5. Bill Plummer

    To me a common name is what local people call a plant native to that area. The other names are “made-up-names” like yellow fairy bells for Kirengishoma, toad-lily for Tricyrtis or false anemone for anemenopsis.I try to avoid these names in favor of the Latin name.

  6. lynn

    I love the way these photos exude the moist, subdued tone of our woods. False anything is always such a sad name for a species.

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