Convallaria majalis

Scientific name: Convallaria majalis


Common names: “Lily of the valley” “May lily” “Our Lady’s tears” “May bells”

Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial


Zone: 3-8

Light: Part – full shade

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Fertile loamy clay

Moisture: Moist well drained


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Plant Size: H 6-8″ W 8-12″ – groundcover

Leaf and Stem shape: Wide linear leavesImage result for convallaria majalis

Flower: Arching racemes of small, highly fragrant, bell-shaped flowers followed by red berries

Maintenance: Low – zero, will spread and can be quite invasive in the right conditions

Landscape use: Groundcover, shrub underplanting, cottage & informal garden, cut flowers

Propagate: By seed and division

Pests & Disease: Nothing serious, Deer resistant

Comments: Native to Northern temperate regions of Europe and Asia, highly toxic if ingested, ~AGM winner

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