This common plant is sometimes found in large colonies. It is easily distinguished from Fat Solomon (Maianthemum racemosum) by its contrasting flowers. These are in a smaller raceme, 2–8 cm long, of 5–15 simple, star-like white flowers. Fruits are berries, initially green with three distinct dark vertical stripes, then turning red later in the summer. The leaves are similar to Fat Solomon, a little shorter (5–17 cm) and narrower, (ob)lanceolate to elliptic in shape, with acuminate tips.