Lily Of The Valley

Convallaria majalis

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.

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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

Flowers can be collected in spring by carefully picking a pair of leaves and a single flower stem from each plant.

Propagation

Bulbs

Lift, divide and replant bulbs in autumn at a spacing of 4cm apart. Water generously after planting.

Seed

Remove flesh from seed before sowing. Sow ripe seed in rich, well-draining soil about 4cm apart. Keep moist.

Special features

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Pot plant

Drought resistant

Special features

Origin

Europe and North-West Asia.

Natural climate

Temperate to cool areas

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Clay, Compost, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Personality

Family

Asparagaceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

Strong

Problems

Leaf spot may occur, but generally pest and disease-free.

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