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


Foliage Color


Plant Spread

8-15 in.

Plant Height

6-8 in.

Hardness Zone


Good Companions

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

Characteristics & Attributes


Ground cover
Cut flower or foliage
Fragrant flowers

Bloom Time


Critter Resistance

Deer resistant


Full to part shade
Full sun

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests

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