Lily Of The Valley
May Lily, Our Lady's Tears, Conval Lily, Liriconfancy, May Bells, Mayflower, Mugget, Word Lily, European Lily Of The Valley, Lily-Of-The-Valley
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Convallaria majalis produces very pretty, highly scented, nodding bell-shaped flowers. This plant is named in Christian legends as having sprung from the weeping of the Virgin Mary at the Crucifixion of Jesus. Since the beginning of the 20th Century, it has become a tradition to sell Lily of the valley as a good luck charm on International Labour Day (1st of May) in France. Despite its attractive appearance, all parts of the plant are highly toxic and will cause severe problems if even a small amount is ingested.
Flowers can be collected in spring by carefully picking a pair of leaves and a single flower stem from each plant.
Lift, divide and replant bulbs in autumn at a spacing of 4cm apart. Water generously after planting.
Remove flesh from seed before sowing. Sow ripe seed in rich, well-draining soil about 4cm apart. Keep moist.
Europe and North-West Asia.
Temperate to cool areas
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Clay, Compost, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Leaf spot may occur, but generally pest and disease-free.