Lily of the valley, Conval lily, Word lily, Mayflower, Mugget, Liriconfancy, May bells, May lily, Our lady’s tears, Lady’s tears
C. majalis – C. majalis is a vigorous, spreading, rhizomatous perennial with paired, elliptic to narrowly ovate, dark green leaves and, from late spring to early summer, upright, leafless stems bear erect to arching racemes of fragrant, bell-shaped, white flowers followed by red fruit.
The flowers are scented
Clump-forming, Erect flower stem, Spreading
Highly toxic if eaten.
RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)
White in Spring
Green in Spring
HOW TO CARE
Watch out for
If desired, remove faded or dead foliage in autumn.
Sow seeds in containers in a cold frame when ripe. Remove flesh from seed before sowing. Generally, seeds are slow to germinate and seedlings are slow to grow. Best method of propagation is division.
WHERE TO GROW
Convallaria majalis (Lily of the valley) will reach a height of 0.25m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.
Cottage/Informal, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Underplanting
Plant in fertile, humus-rich moist soil in full or part shade. Mulch with leaf mould in autumn.
Moisture-retentive, Moist but well-drained
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Partial Shade, Full Shade
North, East, West