Name: Maianthemum canadense aka Canada mayflower or wild lily-of-the-valley
Type of Plant: A low-growing forest floor plant that is native to the Northeastern United States and Canada. Don’t confuse this with the plant that we in Massachusetts also call mayflower, Epigaea repens.
Why I Love/Hate this plant: If you’ve gone walking in a woodland the past couple of weeks, you’ll know why I love this plant. The ground is suddenly covered with low leaves that are a bright emerald green! Soon many of these plants will come into bloom with a bottle-brush, white flower. (Not all the plants flower.)
A Word to the Wise: Sometimes this plant goes dormant in a dry season or hot summer.