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Lily of the valley

Convallaria majalis

May lily, Lady's tears, May bell, May flower (Eng.)

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This very pretty, highly scented nodding bell-shaped flower 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.

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

Seed
Sow seeds in rich, well-draining soil about 4cm apart. Keep moist.
Bulbs
Lift, divide and replant bulbs spaced about 4cm apart. Water generously after planting.

Special features

Geography

Origin
Europe and North-West Asia
Natural climate
Temperate to cool areas

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Compost, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Personality

Family
Asparagaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
Strong

Problems

Leaf spot may occur, but generally pest and disease-free.
Leaf Spot (Fungal)
Leaf Spot (Fungal)

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