Lily of the Valley

Convallaria majalis

Lily of the Valley
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A charming, old-fashioned favorite. Arching racemes of pendulous, bell-shaped, pure white flowers appear in spring and last for several weeks. These blooms are very fragrant; they are even used in making perfume! Tiny orange berries follow the flowers. Despite the dainty appearance of the blossoms, Convallaria is actually a tough, vigorous ground cover. Use it to cover slopes and riverbanks or in shady woodland sites, even under trees.

Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Lily of the Valley grows best in woodland conditions: fertile, humus-rich, moist soil and partial to full shade. It will, however, grow in full sun in northern regions if the soil remains moist. Be careful when siting this plant--though it may take a while to get started, this plant will spread rapidly, forming a dense, weed-smothering ground cover.

Flower Color

White

Foliage Color

Green

Plant Spread

8-15 in.

Plant Height

6-8 in.

Hardness Zone

2-7

Good Companions

Anemone-Snowdrop (Anemone sylvestris), English Ivy (Hedera helix), Hosta (Hosta ), Periwinkle (Vinca minor), Snow-on-the-Mountain (Aegopodium podagraria)

Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes

Container
Ground cover
Cut flower or foliage
Border
Fragrant flowers

Bloom Time

Spring

Critter Resistance

Deer resistant

Exposure

Full to part shade
Full sun

Growth Rate

Rapid

Seasonal Interests

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